Thinking about Becoming a PA

This can be a rewarding and varied role, and each job will be as unique as your employer. If you are the kind of person who gets on with people, who is flexible and adaptable, who is competent in life skills and can maintain a steady temperament in the face of ups and downs, you may like to consider a role as a Personal Assistant (PA).

Experience and qualifications are good to have but usually not necessary. Because the job is one-to-one, it more often than not comes down to the personal relationship between PA and employer. A lot of learning is achieved on the job, but there is also the opportunity to bring the skills you already possess to the job (for example, can you drive, are you good at gardening, do you play sport, etc). Your employer may also be able to access training for you, eg. in moving and assisting or first aid.

Being a PA can be a very flexible role. Some employers only want support for a few hours a week, others employ a team of PAs for 24/7 support. You can usually find a role or roles to suit you, supporting one or more people in your community.

Next steps

Find out more about the PA role, and where to look for PA vacancies, in the links below.

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Last Updated
02 February 2024
First Published
01 April 2022
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