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Personal Assistant/EA

Carrying out your personal and business tasks with ease, friendliness and care, a highly capable and versatile Personal or Executive Assistant is an indispensable attaché thanks to their extensive training and background.

Overview

The interpersonal skills of our PAs are unparalleled, their reputations earned through and supported by years of experience responding to the needs of high profile principals working across the globe.

As problem solvers with excellent common sense and proven career track records, your PA/EA will be a bright and attentive individual. An ideal PA/EA is someone with a great degree of personal initiative and discipline who can work well in a fast-paced environment.

Set your mind at ease by engaging one of Irving Scott’s PAs/EAs to assist with time management, scheduling, errands, house-opening, and other crucial, time-consuming matters. Fulfilling this role requires an individual who has excellent interpersonal skills and administrative ability, so Irving Scott engages only those PAs/EAs who are cordial as well as capable.

The Role of a Personal and Executive Assistant

Personal assistants most often serve as a client’s first point of contact with the public, which can range from answering phones and greeting visitors, working alongside the client, or working completely autonomously, making sure properties are kept in tip-top shape in the resident’s absence or open for residency when needed. At times, they are retained to handle a client’s financial or real estate dealings as an agent or by proxy when a client is unavailable.

The personal and executive assistant designations are often used interchangeably but might be considered as two different roles. A personal assistant (PA) typically carries out administrative and organizational work and alleviates other time-draining tasks from a client’s agenda. An executive assistant (EA) can be considered a more senior position and will be accorded more responsibility, such as assisting with a client’s corporate or company business affairs or acting as a team manager. A Senior Executive Assistant may be asked to assume a certain level of control that necessarily demands a superb grasp of business operations, project management skills and even specialized qualifications such as CPA, paralegal or advanced business degrees.

Responsibilities of the PA/EA typically include:

‘Not Just a Girl’s Job’

As the Nanny profession includes more Mannies in their workforce, the P.A. profession is also experiencing a gradual narrowing of the gender gap as more men are regarding the profession as a viable and satisfying career opportunity. Being the boss’s ‘right-hand man’ is often more a right-hand person in the personal assistant world but yesterday’s ‘Girl Friday’ could soon become ‘Guy Friday’.

A innovative national, non-profit organization whose mission is to ‘champion, promote and develop the Assistant profession’, the Executive & Personal Assistants Association (EPAA) serves as a membership body that offers support services for career development and networking. Their 2017 campaign ‘Not Just a Girl’s Job’ was created to highlight the disparity in the female:male ratio. They estimate that approximately 97% of Assistants are female, 3% male.

Another certification that career-oriented PAs/EAs may seek to possess is a CAP designation, Certified Administrative Professional, awarded by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). This designation is earned by passing a 4-part examination in relevant topics such as management, administration and office technology.

Qualifications and Training Required

FAQ's

We embrace holistic development and support for employees with the aim of being a first-choice employer within our sectors. Through a unique combination of engineering, construction and design disciplines and expertise.

Somebody who is resourceful and proactive and doesn’t need much supervision and just gets on with the task at hand. They can be highly demanding roles so it is vital to be able to stay calm under pressure

A PA's role is mainly administrative, whilst an EA will partake in many of the same duties, but their role is more strategic, they act as the right-hand person to the principal and can fill in for some of their duties. After gaining experience, a PA can transition into becoming an EA.