Have you ever heard those words? If you haven’t then you are probably in the minority, if you have then I’m truly sorry as no matter how it’s phrased or the intention behind them, it’s derogatory and insulting.
I had this insult shouted at me once, in the middle of the office, and I chose not to lower myself to their level because quite frankly they weren’t worth it and my boss knew my worth and that was what was important to me. However, with the wonderful world of hindsight I’d love to have been able to respond with the following:
Yes, you’re right I am JUST a PA
I JUST keep the CEO on track
I JUST keep them organised so that they can concentrate on keeping us all in jobs
I once JUST moved a head office in 6 weeks
I used to JUST manage an account worth £1.7m
I organised and ran an event for 180 people with JUST a £6500 budget, including accommodation
I JUST organise business trips down to the last minute so our boss can build the company
I’m JUST privy to all the internal workings and future plans of this business
So, I may ‘just’ be a PA, but I ‘just’ kicked your butt!
Whatever your ‘just’ is, make note and be proud.