Q&A with Viktorija Albert: PA of the Year Finalist 2019
Viktorija Albert impressively works as both a Marketing Associate and EA to MD Global Head REPM Multi-Managers AM at UBS. Here, Viktorija details her journey in her role, and her key takeaways for those interested in a similar career. As the deadline approaches for this year’s PA of the Year Awards, read on to find out if you have what it takes to be a winner.
Hi Viktorija, how did you become a PA?
In 2012 I was given the opportunity to work at Citi Bank in Canary Wharf on a temporary basis. It was my first taste of the role, and I discovered I really enjoyed working as an EA/PA.
What’s great about working at UBS?
The people! As of December, I have been working a permanent job share role – two days as the EA for the MD Global Head REPM Multi-Managers Asset Management at UBS, and three days as a Marketing Associate. I feel so lucky that both teams are filled with amazing people!
What do you love about being a PA?
As is a typical answer, I love that no two days are the same. I also love working in such a fast paced environment, where time is of the essence – it somehow brings out the best in me! In addition to that, I love to be organised, love to be in charge and love making things happen for my manager and team.
Do you have any great stories from your time as a PA so far?
My favourite story is from when I first started maternity cover. In January 2019, my current manager asked me to join the team for an offsite in Zurich and Thun – I was speechless! He asked me to think about it as they would love for me to join them to help everything run smoothly. It only took me two seconds to reply though – “YES I am coming!”
What would you say is your greatest career achievement to date?
I would say my recent promotion. For me, it is a fantastic achievement to start an absolutely new path in my career as a Marketing Associate – plus, of course, being nominated for SecsintheCity’s PA of the Year Awards!
What’s your secret to being organised and juggling lots of priorities?
Being open minded and flexible, having a can-do attitude, and definitely being a team player.
How did you find the application and interview process for PA of the Year?
I was attending Tay Associate’s late summer event and found a few leaflets, which I then shared throughout our floor asking everyone to nominate someone they felt deserved that recognition. The interview itself was slightly nerve-wracking! I’m not used to being told how good I am and being praised for my hard work.
Tell us about the night itself!
The night itself – OMG it was amazing! I met so many lovely ladies who deserve more than just recognition for their hard work, a number of whom I have stayed in touch with. We were all dressed to impress, and the event itself was organised so beautifully.
What piece of advice would you give others for achieving success as a PA or EA?
Firstly, I would say that the job is not for everyone, as it can be hard work and there can be many sacrifices in your personal life – but it can be very rewarding. My key pieces of advice would be work hard, have a positive attitude, and remember that being helpful is not a sin – kindness will take you far. My saying in life is ‘Everything is possible and achievable – if you really want it.’
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their efforts? Nominate yourself or a colleague for the PA of the Year Awards today.