What does a Personal Assistant do?

A personal assistant is often appointed to assist a single personnel within the organization. The duties and tasks of a personal assistant will vary depending on the requirements of the employer. These include answering phone calls, recording notes and messages received, scheduling meetings, reserving venues, arranging travel arrangements and many more. The typical career progression for personal assistants is of an executive personal assistant role.

Although a high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum educational requirement to be a personal assistant, the majority of employers prefer candidates that possess a certificate from a secretarial school. Proven experience working as a personal assistant is also often required followed by a high proficiency in computer technology and excellent communication skills. Good candidates will also display strong multitasking abilities and organizational skills.

  • Answer phone calls received and direct them appropriately
  • Record notes and messages for the employer
  • Schedule and arrange meetings and conferences
  • Manage travel arrangements and itineraries on behalf of the employer
  • Perform as a liaison between the employer and household staff as required
  • Act as the first point of contact for the employer as necessary
  • Manage the employer's calendar and appointment scheduling
  • Read and write correspondence in mail or email form
  • A certificate from a secretarial school preferred
  • Proven experience working as a personal assistant required
  • Proficient in computer technology especially Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong customer service and social skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
  • Follows instructions clearly and accurately within a timely fashion
  • Proactive and enthusiastic about delivering positive results
  • Able to sit, walk, stand for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Personal Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

€37,491 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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€26K
Median: €37K
€48K
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Personal Assistant Career Path

Learn how to become a Personal Assistant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Personal Assistant
€37,491/yr
L3
Personal Assistant III
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L4
Lead Personal Assistant
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Personal Assistant Insights

Read what Personal Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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PC Express Personal Shopper
19 Oct 2021

“Working with many passionate and friendly colleagues is the best part become a personal shopper.”

AccraAccra
Personal Care Assistant
11 Jan 2021

“The pay is fair and the interactions I have had with others within the company have all been great.”

V1 Marketing and TrainingV1 Marketing and Training
Virtual Assistant
3 May 2021

“Training was good and they made sure you get all the needed info before you get a client.”

BELAYBELAY
Virtual Assistant
23 Feb 2021

“No benefits... and I don't mean healthcare/etc... I'm talking about actual benefits of working this job.”

Essential WerkzEssential Werkz
Personal Assistant
22 Jun 2021

“The Director himself was a joy to work with and he actively did try to make things better.”

WishupWishup
Virtual Assistant
31 Mar 2021

“3. Encouragement to think beyond the norm and creative freedom to present outputs in the best way possible.”

Squared Away
Virtual Assistant
10 Nov 2021

“Not really a great exchange if it prevents you from doing other things you enjoy/need to do.”

BELAYBELAY
Virtual Assistant
22 Jun 2020

“Not a great pay rate if you don't have someone else who is the primary breadwinner.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a personal assistant

When working as a personal assistant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Diagnosis, Adaptability, Excellent Customer Service, English Language and No High School.

The most similar professions to personal assistant are:
  • Executive Assistant
  • Secretary
  • Accountant
  • Administrative Assistant

The most common qualifications to become a personal assistant is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.