The Secret PA is back!
The team at SITC have heard you, and now, back due to popular demand is your old favourite – the Secret PA 😉
For anonymity’s sake, I of course can’t tell you my name, and will be anonymising people in my life, but firstly, I thought it would only be polite to tell you a bit about myself.
I’ve been working as a PA for around 5 years now. Having humble beginnings as a receptionist for my local private doctor’s surgery, I realised I had a real love (and talent) for organising, but more importantly – knowing exactly what was going on at all times. Now, I’ve always known this about myself – despite being desperate for a surprise party my whole life, it’s never yet happened, nor will it, as I just love organising and being in the know too much to let such an event pass me by. Similarly, I followed a strictly colour coded timetable throughout my school and university exams, with revision plastered across my walls. Organisation and detail come naturally, you could say.
Anyway, after working in the practice for just over a year and a half, freshly graduated and unsure of what the future held, I saw an advertisement for a PA in a luxury fashion brand, and thought, as one often does ‘Ooo that’s a bit of me’. I donned my best togs and off I trotted to the interview. Boy was I taken aback. It was gruelling. As much as I love organising (did I mention, I LOVE organising), that this is not the whole role came as something as a shock to me – I thought it would be putting together someone’s diary whilst being paid to be their best friend. I had a lot of learning to do, it seemed.
Not one to quit, I went back to the drawing board, consulting SITC (of course!). I landed several interviews, and eventually accepted an offer as a Junior PA in a publishing firm. I learnt so much, and after 3 years (and two promotions *hand lady emoji*), I left as a PA to the Assistant Director to my next role at, yes, you guessed it – a luxury fashion brand.
My time here has been incredible and varied, and I’ve seen and heard things I never thought happened in the corporate world, but I’m ready to move on. Really, it’s personal – I’ve just broken up with my partner of 4 years, who’s been with me the whole way through this role. Not only this, but my best friend (sister <3) is moving back to her home town all the way Down Under. So, needless to say, personal changes are leading to professional changes.
I’m really not too sure what to do next, friends. I’ve been taking a look at the Executive Assistant route, but I must say I’m tempted by the Private PA world. I’ve nothing tying me to London, it’s time for an adventure. And I’m taking you with me.
I’ll update you in a couple of weeks, when (I promise!!!) I’ll have sent some applications and hopefully have some progress for you…