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Secretary or PA

Secretaries provide both clerical and administrative support to professionals, either as part of a team or individually. As a Personal Assistant (PA) you will work closely with senior managerial or directorial staff to provide administrative support, usually on a one-to-one basis.

Secretaries/Administrators are involved with the coordination and implementation of office procedures. Most work involves both written and oral communication, word processing and typing, and requires relevant skills such as IT, organisational and presentation skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure.

For both PA’s ad Secretaries, depending on the sector, the role will vary but you will need to use a variety of software, booking rooms and conference facilities, managing and maintaining budgets, as well as invoicing, ordering and maintaining stationery and equipment, arranging travel and accommodation organising and storing paperwork, documents and computer-based information, photocopying and printing various documents, arranging in-house and external events.