Why are more men taking up secretarial work?

why are men taking up secretarial work

It’s not unusual for me to be talking with a male entrepreneur who sees the potential in becoming a virtual assistant. So why are men taking up secretarial work?

So what is driving this surge in interest?

The role of secretary and personal assistant was once occupied by efficient and capable women, but it wasn’t always that way.

According to Tess Reidy in her article in the Guardian.

“At the turn of the 20th century, secretarial jobs were well-paid and well-respected, and predominantly filled by men. However, as women fought to join the ranks of the employed, the profession lost its status, pay decreased and men sought work elsewhere. By the mid–1960s, it was a role primarily associated with women. In 1962, a survey revealed that 28% of companies believed sex appeal was a requirement of the PA’s job.”

In the same article, she talks about 25-year-old Joshua Watson, the executive assistant to a female senior director at Barclays, having previously worked as a receptionist and PA.

He does not see himself as working in a woman’s role. It’s not an issue for people from his generation. It’s a good career for he is passionate about organising and has exposure to the top people in his company. He’s ambitious, he wants to climb the ladder.

The surge is perhaps due in part to the highest rate of graduate unemployment since records began, and an awareness that salaries for corporate PAs can reach £75,000 a year.

The fact is that thousands of graduates end up working in jobs that don’t require any qualifications.

Ambitious young people are finding new ways to enter the business world. A PA gets to work with everyone in the company. Directors, Partners and all the teams. It’s a pretty obvious way to get noticed if you think about it. Virtual PA’s engage on an even wider business reach.

Susanna Tait, managing director of Tay Associates, in the same Guardian article agrees. She said she has seen a “huge” increase in numbers of male applicants. “We have witnessed the role of the PA evolve immeasurably and, with it, the pool of applicants it attracts,” she said. “As well as organising and managing commitments, they are required to project-manage schedules and communicate with a vast network of contacts. It’s an obvious career choice for ambitious individuals keen to operate at the centre of the business sphere.”

The nature of the profession is changing rapidly. Responsibilities increase, technology advances and teamwork becomes increasingly important.

In addition here in the UK, the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of EU Brexit negotiations is likely to see sectors downsizing especially banking and finance, retail, media, technology and law.

These sectors, together with audit and professional services, employ over 50,000 graduates each year. Will this open up opportunities for outsourced PA services?

Will a proportion of the 50,000 graduates each year see the opportunity to take their future into their own hands, perhaps exploring their options in a franchise model like Smart PA?

Recent interviews I’ve held suggest they will.

rebecca crossRebecca Cross is an Award Winning Virtual PA.Her background experience working with IBM and the Wall Street Journal provides invaluable experience. She specialises in providing creative business and administration support for entrepreneurs and business owners who understand the value of working on their business, rather than in their business. She is especially looking to work with business start-ups, entrepreneurs, and professionals who travel extensively.
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What to look for when appointing the perfect PA

The time has come for you to scale up, get more done. The time to move from great to awesome. Time to appoint a personal assistant, so here is what to look for when appointing the perfect PA

There’s a great deal to being a Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA) and Patrick Bet-David highlights some of the demands he makes of the person who helps him get more done.

His demands are specific and that is the way it should be. My clients come from many parts of business but they all have two things in common. They all want to get more done and they have finally come to realise that they can’t do it all by themselves.

Traditionally, when entrepreneurs come to this conclusion they default to the employment route. They look to add someone to their payroll.

This is 2016. We live in the digital age and scaling a business is much more effectively done with specialist skills as and when they need them.

rebecca crossRebecca Cross provides support for the BNI Dorset region as personal assistant to the Executive Direct, Paul Haley and as Director Consultant for a number of BNI Groups.
Rebecca is also an Award Winning Virtual PA with a background experience working with IBM and the Wall Street Journal, amongst others. She specialises in providing creative business and administration support for entrepreneurs and business owners who understand the value of working ON their business, rather than IN their business. She is especially looking to work with business start ups, entrepreneurs and professionals who travel extensively

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Ways to Beat Business Stress

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Starting and Running a business is no ‘bed of roses’ but there are ways to beat business stress. The self employed find it particularly difficult to avoid business stress.

We set out, working on the business and end up working in the business. A recipe for long, frustrating hours at level of stress that are far from healthy.

I include consultants, freelancers and individual professionals in the self employed as their income is entirely dependent on their own efforts.  It is normally  they who have to produce the marketing, create the interest, make the sale, produce the work and conduct a myriad of other jobs called ‘running the business’.  There is never enough time to get everything done and this leads to business stress, anxiety, loss of effectiveness and eventually, a downturn in performance.

Do These Statements Describe Business Stress?

If any of these statements resonate, it may be time to step back and ‘think out of the box’.

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  2. Yоur To Do list kеер gеttіng longer when it should be getting ѕhоrtеr.
  3. You’re often up against deadlines that stress you out.
  4. You need a holiday but the time is never right.
  5. Your business is growing but you are not ready to take on extra staff.

I do know this – no one ever built a sucessful business entirely on our own. The most successful people surround themselves with talented people, with the skills and time to get things done and who can contribute to the smooth running and growth of the business while the owner focuses on income producing activity. A Virtual Personal Assistant can help the owner maintain that focus, making it far easier to work on their business, rather than always in it.

A Virtual Personal Assistant Helps You Manage Business Stress

  • Follow Up Marketing Projects
  • Managing a range of CRM systems
  • Diary Management
  • Telephony
  • Time Management Coaching
  • Organising Training programmes
  • Event Organisation
  • Export – arranging Visa’s, organising Travel/Hotel and managing the UK office
  • Documenting Expenses / Basic Bookkeeping
  • Processing applications
  • Formatting CV/ Arranging Interviews for Senior Executive/Director level and above
  • Reference taking
  • Collating Quotations
  • Solving day to day crisis
  • Property Management
  • Report/Letter Writing
  • Client facing if needed.
  • Producing Professional Presentations
  • Writing & Producing Manuals for existing and new processes
  • Typing

Self employed professionals tend to come from one of two end of the spectrum.  Those starting out with more time than clients (income) and those with more work (clients) than time.

I tend to work with the latter but increasingly I am finding people with a more ‘forward thinking’ mindset who realise that if they work with a Virtual Personal Assistant from the outset, they will progress quicker, reduce business stress, as well as establishing a more business like mindset – one firmly established on working on the business, instead of in it.