Published on October 13th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings0
The Devil Is In The Detail In Order To Be The Perfect PA
Today is National PA Day, dedicated to the people who make Britain’s offices work! There are around 650,000 highly skilled Personal Assistant’s working in offices across the UK and many of their day to day duties are essential to the smooth running of any organisation, yet sometimes go unnoticed.
According to the National Careers Service, some of the attributes required to become an accomplished personal assistant include excellent organisational skills, accuracy and meticulous attention to detail as well as a flexible and adaptable approach to work.
PA hero from the big screen
Coinciding with this year’s Office Show, National PA Day is celebrating these office heroes who are integral to making Britain’s offices work and who often go above and beyond the call of duty in order to keep their boss happy. So we’ve looked back at a few prominent (fictional) personal assistants from the big screen and identified one in particular who we think certainly fits the bill as a role model for the profession.
Being a personal assistant takes considerable hard work and dedication, just ask Andrea Sachs who played the role of co-assistant in The Devil Wears Prada.
Aspiring journalist Andrea Sachs (played by Anne Hathaway) learns to excel as a co-assistant to powerful fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly, (played by Meryl Streep). Andrea becomes an office hero responding to the demands of her boss. One such impossible task she conquers against all the odds, is to obtain copies of the new unpublished Harry Potter book for Miranda’s daughters.
This accomplishment not only saved her job but ultimately then led to her being offered the chance to attend the autumn fashion shows in Paris at the expense of Miranda’s senior assistant. Andrea’s aspiration to ultimately become a journalist appears to become a reality in the final scenes of the film when she is interviewed for a job at the New York Mirror.
What could Andrea have done differently in her role as a PA? Not much in our opinion but the chic Scotch Black Stiletto Shoe Tape Dispenser we sell here at the Post Office Shop wouldn’t have looked out of place on her desk bearing in mind just how fashion conscious her boss undoubtedly was!
On the first day of filming, Meryl Streep reportedly told Anne Hathaway, “I think you’re perfect for the role. I’m so happy we’re going to be working together,” and followed it up with, “That’s the last nice thing I’ll say to you.”
And it certainly was, something some PA’s can probably relate to!