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Personal PAs are in demand more than ever before.   These super Personal Assistants are expected to manage their employer’s personal diary, help organise family events and provide all-round amazing support.

So what’s it like working for a celebrity, high net worth individual or being at the beck and call of a household.

We speak to 3 super Personal PAs to find out the best things about this role

Laura Jane – works for a well-known celebrity

What are the key differences between a Private PA and Business PA?

Business is more ‘normal’ requests and hours, when it is Private anything really goes.

What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had in your PA capacity

Anniversary presents and being a decoy (I worked for someone in the public eye)

Tell us a little about the sort of work you do.

I would have to kill you!

Do you have any tips for somebody who might be thinking about becoming a Personal VA?

Be prepared, you can have fun but remember it is work and you cannot tell people what you are doing.

 

Abigail Langridge works for a “High Net worth” individual

What are the key differences between a Private PA and Business PA?

Dealing with a client’s personal life.

What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had in your PA capacity?Personal PAs

To book a funeral!

Tell us a little about the sort of work you do.

It is unpredictable and that’s a big reason why I love it. Every day is completely different. It could be organising certain outfits to be transported over from another country or booking a large family get together, listing things on ebay or even helping them write a speech. I adore being the confidante & giving my clients the relief and trust they need to live their lives 😊

Do you have any tips for somebody who might be thinking about becoming a Personal VA?

Know your strengths. Play to them and know where you want to go.

 

Alannah Santana – works as a personal PA for Designated.

What are the key differences between a Private PA and Business PA?

Being a private PA you have to build up a friendly professional relationship with your clients; you have to be willing to take the time to really get to know them, and truly know what their tastes and needs are. I think you need to have some willingness to share part of your own life with your client too- so they know who they have in their home. But you still need to remember that your purpose is to make your clients life as easy as possible so your communication style needs to be adaptable to fit with the needs of each client.

What are the challenges of being a virtual Private PAdesignated PA

None! I think it’s quite the contrary the challenges you would have in an office disappear when you work from the comfort of your own home.

What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had in your PA capacity

I was once asked to source some “Gouttes anti-odeur de merde” (post poo-drops) from Aesop for a dinner party he was hosting. He said it’s an excellent conversation starter!

 Tell us a little about the sort of work you do.

I’ve been told back in the day I would be known as a “Girl Friday!” I can be asked to do pretty much anything, from storing designer bikinis safely at my home, to help planning a launch event, to organising a home office, doing the weekly grocery shop, booking flights, attending to emails and being available for adhoc duties!

 What do you like most about your job?

The flexibility of the working hours are amazing. I get to work for different clients that have different requirements so I’m always learning something new.

Any drawbacks?

Not being able to see your work colleagues everyday as we all work virtually across the UK! Although we do meet up for social events in the year – which are great fun.

 

A big thank you to all our contributors to this weeks blog!

If you think you could do with an extra pair of hands to keep on top of your life admin, get in touch with Designated – we would be delighted to help.