Re-Introducing the Smile!

A short story on how personal development skills can help change your perspective on lifes ups and downs. Having recently visited my doctor – and feeling a little nervous – I was greeted with a very solemn face and told to come in. Sitting on the edge of my seat as if I were in […]

Interview Tips: Make the Job Interview Work for You!

A few handy interview tips to help you in your next job. Overview An interview is a meeting between two parties in order to determine whether or not they are suited for working together. The interviewer has a job that they need extra support in running, and the interviewee has the relevant skills and experience […]

Stress Management: Dealing with Stressful Decisions

Stress management and dealing with stress in general is a skill and something we all need to learn. This will be even more apparent as we all make major adjustments to our working habits. One of the key ideas of dealing with stressful situations and where decisions needs to be made, is to park it. […]

Become a Personal Assistant: Can I Study a PA Course Online?

Although many courses that have traditionally been delivered in the classroom are now available online. You may be wondering if it is possible to study for a career as a Personal Assistant online. The answer is yes, and this option is becoming increasingly popular. Many of us do not have the luxury of time to […]

Executive Assistant: What Course Should I Do To Become an EA?

A short blog on which course is right for an aspiring Executive Assistant. Knowing what course you should do to become a executive assistant is an important step in creating a path to your ideal career. Executive assistants play an important role in any business where good communication and organisation is the key to success.  […]

5 Benefits from Providing Training for Your PA

I can think of at least 5 benefits to your organisation in providing training for your PA. • Saving money – your PA will be able to do more tasks and share more responsibility. This in turn will enable them to cover a wider workload. • Time saving – you will have more time to […]

The QWERTY keyboard – here to stay?

A few years ago I was invited by BBC Radio 5 to carry out an interview on touch typing – just a topic to fill a few minutes on their live show.  It was quite an interesting experience seeing how a radio programme was put together – but I had to be there for 5 […]

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation

A short bog on our continuous professional development accreditation. In January 2019 we became a CPD accredited centre. In addition to NCFE CQ accreditation, we now have CPD points/credits accredited to our top courses as well as to some new shorter courses.  CPD stands for Continuous Professional Development and is used to recognise professional training […]

Personal Assistant job: How to cope!

It is one thing to get a personal assistant job – but quite another to cope with it and feel on top of your role. Once you start to lose confidence because day after day you do not feel you are coping, you start to go into a downward spiral. So making sure you feel […]

Shorthand: Career boost or bust?

Shorthand has been part of the PA role for decades and with the development of the digital world, many may think this is a skill no longer needed. Origins of Shorthand But it is still going strong! The original Pitman New Era shorthand system (which is the one I learnt) is complicated and has a […]