More young male graduates are turning to the secretarial job market as a route to becoming a high-earning PA.
Once the preserve of women, the role of secretary is now being filled by men. This is partly due to the high levels of unemployment amongst graduates, but also because of the good salaries that PAs can earn, sometimes as much as £75,000 per annum.
Joshua Watson, 25, has been working for a female boss at Barclays for the past 18 months. He says, "I don't feel that I'm treated any differently just because I'm male. I don't think that is an issue for people from my generation. It's a good job for me because I am passionate about organising. I have good exposure to the top people in the company and I want to climb the ladder."
This trend for male secretaries can be seen as a return to the job situation of the early twentieth century, when secretarial positions were viewed as respectable, remunerative and were mostly filled by men. The secretarial role lost its male exclusivity as more women entered the job market, and by the 1960s, it was viewed as a job suitable only for women.
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