How fun would it be to work as a personal assistant to a celebrity? As footballer Jermain Defoe’s search for a VERY highly-paid PA made news this week, we’re wondering what being one would actually be like.
However, when you see the endless list of tasks Jermain will require his PA to do, maybe £60,000 isn’t that much after all. From watering his garden, to developing iPhone apps, to creating Jermain’s own clothing and fragrance lines, the person he fills the job with will be nothing short of a magical unicorn of an employee.
Personal assistant to the stars Rowan Pelling tells the Telegraph why being a PA is one of the most demanding jobs imaginable. Here are five hilarious things the job could demand of you.
1. Prepare to juggle
A LOT will be expected of you. You will have to be able to juggle at a lightening speed. Rowan said: “Most bosses I’ve encountered require their right-hand staffer to be nothing less than clairvoyant, anticipating their every need and instinctively knowing which invitations and work proposals are appealing and which can be declined.”
2. Do EXACTLY what your boss says…at all times
Rowan said that one particular boss made her run his diary with “ruthless efficiency”. Rowan even had to “remember to send identical Valentine bouquets to his girlfriend and many mistresses, while keeping a tally of reckless expenses that were discussed with awe” after work.
3. With great responsibility comes great power
Despite all of this though, remember that you have power over your boss. “Keep your friends close, your enemies closer and your PA closer still. My former assistant is godmother to my younger son for very sound reasons,” said Rowan.
4. No job is off limits
“One good friend worked for a wine merchant, who dispatched her across town with a small package he said was “urgent”. Closer enquiry revealed that she was conveying a stool sample to his physician. As revenge, she had a peek at his Google searches and discovered he’d spent an inordinate amount of time on upmarket escort sites,” said Rowan. Eww.
5. There are perks. YAY!
This translates to – parties galore. “There were trips to the Chateau Marmont in LA and cocktails for President Reagan and dinners with film stars and a weekly office knees-up at The Groucho Club,” said Rowan. We like the sound of all that!