Re-Introducing the Smile!

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 the Head Master’s office, I bumbled through trying to explain why I was there.  The lady concerned had […]

Make the Job Interview Work for You!

An interview is a meeting between someone who has a job because they need extra support in running the business and someone who has the relevant skills and experience to offer to help run the business.  You are both meeting each other to see if you would suit each other.  It is a meeting of […]

Dealing with Stressful Decisions

Dealing with stress 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. Park the problem, sleep on […]

Can I Study a PA Course Online?

Many courses that were traditionally delivered in the classroom are now available online. Can you study a PA course online? Yes, and it’s becoming a very popular route to this career. Some people do have the time to attend a classroom alongside their full-time career, but many of us don’t have this luxury. Being able […]

What Course Should I Do To Become a Personal Assistant?

Knowing what course you should do to become a personal assistant is an important step in creating a path to your ideal career. Personal assistants play an important role in any business where good communication and organisation is the key to success.  Many people are attracted to the personal assistant role due to its versatility […]

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. • Saving time – 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 […]

CPD 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 and is well recognised in the business world and […]

Coping with your PA Job

It is one thing to get a PA 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 confident […]

Shorthand – Career boost or not?

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. But it is still going strong! The original Pitman New Era shorthand system (which is the one I learnt) is complicated and has a lot of theory […]