5 Mins with a PA
5 Mins with a Top PA, this month it's Erica MacKay, EA
to the CEO and CFO at Geometry
What do you love most about your job?
I have the opportunity to really get stuck in and make the job
my own because I've only been here for a month. I love the fact
that no two days are the same and I really enjoy working in such a
lively, creative environment - I feel incredibly lucky that I get
to work with such a great group of people.
What are the three things you couldn't do your job
Confidence, a pen and my daybook.
What do you think makes a good PA?
In my opinion, as a PA, you need to be calm and positive and be
the one that holds it together in stressful situations! Be
flexible, practical, philosophical and have a good sense of humour.
If you make a mistake or something doesn't go to plan, just take a
deep breath and fix it. Always remember that there's no problem
that can't be solved.
What's in your handbag right now?
I'd love to say something exciting but at the moment it's all
fairly boring - keys, work phone, personal phone, security pass,
iPad, diary and pen, lip balm, Oyster card, headphones, umbrella (I
spent 8 years living in Manchester so it's a handbag staple for
me!), chewing gum and my purse.
What's your lunch time routine?
I don't have a lunchtime routine yet as I'm so new. It really
depends on what my bosses are doing and what's happening in the
agency - sometimes I'll grab a sandwich at my desk, sometimes I'll
have lunch with the other PA's and sometimes I'll go out for a
Who has been your greatest influence?
Betsey Johnson - I think she's amazing!
What do you do after a stressful day?
Go home and have a massive mug of tea!
What are your tips for being a top PA?
Don't be afraid to ask questions; have faith in your decisions
but learn from your mistakes; have the confidence to challenge
behaviour, decisions or ideas that you don't agree with; always
stay calm and don't ever let anyone undermine you or speak to you
like you don't matter - you absolutely do; be nice to everyone;
stay firm but fair and work hard to build relationships with your
colleagues - it's a huge mistake to isolate yourself, as when you
need help you'll really struggle and above all enjoy what you do
and see every day as an adventure!