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Personal Assistant

A supportive role requiring strong interpersonal and organisational skills.

What's it like to be a Personal Assistant?

Personal Assistants (also called PAs) provide one-to-one administrative and secretarial support to senior staff, such as a manager or a member of the executive group.

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Personal Assistants tend to be efficient and flexible individuals, with strong interpersonal and organisational skills, and have the ability to prioritise tasks within a fast-paced environment.

Personal Assistants work in a variety of industries and organisations, including health, finance, government, law firms or within universities.

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How to become a Personal Assistant


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While there are no formal education requirements for Personal Assistants, many employers value vocational qualifications and/or on-the-job experience.

  1. Complete a qualification in business skills, such as Certificate III in Business Administration (BSB30120) or Certificate IV in Business Administration (BSB40120). These courses focus on computer literacy skills and how to manage complex issues in the workplace.
  2. If you are looking to advance your career, explore further opportunities for study, such as a Diploma of Business (Operations) (BSB50120) to prepare you for more senior PA roles.

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Certificate III in Business Administration

This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to complete a range of administrative roles across a range of contexts.
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Diploma of Business Administration

This qualification prepares you to work in various administrative roles including as an administration manager or office manager.
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Certificate IV in Business Administration

With this qualification you will develop your administrative skills and learn to provide leadership and guidance to others.

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Latest Personal Assistant reviews

Latest reviews from 41 Personal Assistants surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Nursing is not a easy job, but feeling of helping others is the best feeling ever
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Assistant in nursing
The good things
You feel really happy by helping others
The challenges
Need some time to learn how to work out things
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May 2021
Personal assistant may be taxing but I wouldn’t do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Medical Terminology and Secretarial Procedures
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Skin specialist
The good things
Build strong networks with colleagues and show case your abilities
The challenges
Depending on the organisational atmosphere, you could be asked to work overtime without much notice
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