I've been a PA for about 3 years now. I started as an Office PA and was fortunate enough to work during the Pandemic when many people could not. I transitioned to set because I wanted to learn more about production. It is true what Malcolm Gladwell said: 10,000 hours of diligent practice will result in mastery. Working as a PA full time with 12 hour plus days you will get to 10,000 hours.
Every day is a new opportunity to learn and build connections and friendships that could last a lifetime. Trauma bonding over social media over the strike fails in comparison to actually working and bonding with your colleagues and friends.
Some of the best friends I've ever made have been from set. Some of the best bosses/mentors I've ever had I met on set.
Sometimes stuff can be a real drag. People can have bad attitudes, the day might seem forever. Days like those I keep in mind the positive: I have a job that is essential in order for the people "above the line" to do theirs.