The Secret PA: Decision Time

Published on: 19 Dec 2019

The Secret PA

Do I have news for you!

I’ve received two job offers; one from the second interview (scary alleyway and HR person), and one from the third (Private PA role). Obviously, I am over the moon! However, I was a little taken aback not to receive one from the first, only because I was convinced it had gone so well. It’s cases like these where it’s most useful to ask for feedback, both to see where you could improve in the future and for your own piece of mind. So, I sent an email.

The feedback was wholly positive, and they said the role had been offered to another candidate simply because they had foreign language skills that I didn’t possess. Perhaps worth investing in those evening classes after all!

Now it’s decision time. I won’t lie – I’ve been struggling to make the decision without my ex-partner’s advice. For the last 4 years, we’ve made all major decisions together, and this is the first one I’ve come up against without him. I’m treating it as a self-growth challenge though!.

I’ve been chatting with my recruiter, weighing up the pros and cons of each.

On the one hand, scary alley job has a much higher salary and a more obvious progression route. On the other, I also hated the interview technique, and am wary of committing myself to a position in a company about which I am unsure.

Whilst I clicked instantly with the man who’ll be my direct manager in my third interview, the position itself is unlike anything I’ve done before. Am I ready to sacrifice even more of my personal life to fully takeover someone else’s? I’ve never travelled with a role before, and the prospect is slightly daunting right now in this tumultuous time of my life. However, that’s just why it’s exciting. So much has changed in my life that I’m feeling like it’s time for a full overhaul – completely get out of my comfort zone, really push myself out there.

I feel like you and I both know which one I’m going to go with. Although the progression opportunities may not be as obvious, and the pay packet will be that bit smaller, I just have to go with my gut.

If you’re at a stage of your life where you’re ready to make a change, try to focus on aspects other than just the money, if you’re in a position to do so. Experience pays threefold in the future.

So that’s my mind made up! Job 3 it is. Now the small matter of breaking it to Patty…