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Re-Introducing the Smile!

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 […]

Time Management Tips for Executive Assistants

Time Management Tips for Executive Assistants

As an Executive Assistant, your time management skills are essential in order to successfully manage your Director’s/CEO’s schedule and ensure that all of their priorities are taken care of. Juggling a million different tasks at once can be overwhelming, but if you use the right time management best practices, you can organise your time more […]

How to become a Personal Assistant

How to become a Personal Assistant

Many of the PA’s that I speak to never planned on becoming a Personal Assistant, but were given more and more responsibility until ultimately, they became a PA in their existing role. This is the beauty of the PA role.  It is also why it has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the […]

Treat Yourself this Christmas

Treat Yourself this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and I think it is safe to say we have all earned a well-deserved break. We also get the chance to spend this festive period with friends and family which will be a relief to all following last year’s restrictions. No doubt you have already began buying gifts for […]

4 Benefits to Upskilling Staff

4 Benefits to Upskilling Staff

When employers provide upskilling opportunities to their staff, the positive results are wide and varied, but here are 4 key reasons why you should consider upskilling your staff. 1.    Staff Satisfaction Employees who are actively encouraged to train and improve their skills feel wanted and supported as it shows you care about their future career.  […]

Does your team need a refresher course?

Does your team need a refresher course?

The pandemic has meant all businesses and employees have had to adapt, and adapt quickly. Whilst we will all have our own experiences and difficult stories from this time, most of us will likely look back and be proud of how our colleagues and staff have coped with it all. Proactively working our way through […]

Make the Job Interview Work for You!

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 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?

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?

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

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?

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

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 […]

How to Effectively Manage Your Time Between Work and Study

How to Effectively Manage Your Time Between Work and Study

Working and studying at the same time is enough to make anybody’s life hectic.  Constantly switching off from one thing and on to the other leaves very little time for anything else, and most of us have homes to keep in order and sleep to fit in too. You probably already have a few favourite […]

Coping with your PA Job

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 – 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 […]

5 Tips to Help with Studying

5 Tips to Help with Studying

Life is busy for most people and usually requires a bit of juggling. Studying a course to help develop your career though is important and good for the whole family. So here are a few hints and tips to help with studying. 1. Plan your week – very few people can plan further ahead than […]

4 Tips for Starting a Business as a Mum

4 Tips for Starting a Business as a Mum

Having watched the article released this week from Mumsnet Founder, Justine Roberts, “Why you should always wear trainers to work” – I couldn’t agree with her more. BBC – Why you should always wear trainers to work (Justine Roberts, Founder of Mumsnet) I highly endorse the 4 points she makes about starting and running a […]

5 Ideas for a Positive Working Day

5 Ideas for a Positive Working Day

One of the first lessons we cover in the Personal Development/PA Skills section of our courses is to help our students to take a step back from their working week and identify how they can increase the number of positive working days.  The lesson is part of a series we cover in conjunction with Sue […]

How to Follow Up on a Job Interview

How to Follow Up on a Job Interview

Looking for a new position can be a nerve-wracking and anxious time, and never more so than when you’ve had a recent interview with the company of your dreams and have yet to hear back from them.  Stay positive; it is important to remember that the process of job seeking doesn’t necessarily end at the […]

CV Tips – 5 things to avoid

CV Tips – 5 things to avoid

Writing a CV is not easy, and it takes time to get this right. Checking is the key as it is such an important document. As part of any course, we provide free CV tips which include design and support. Here is a short list of 5 things to avoid: 1. Typing errors – this […]

7 Tips on Starting a Virtual Assistant Business

7 Tips on Starting a Virtual Assistant Business

Last week I was asked by one of our students to help them with some tips on starting a Virtual Assistant business which they plan to do once they have completed their course. Having a Virtual Assistant business is a great way to work from home and especially useful for those with a family and […]

Little acorns and all that…

Little acorns and all that…

When I started my business in the 1980s from my dining room in our 1930s semi – sitting round our 1930s dining table we had bought from a second-hand shop (having just got married), the last thing I would have imagined is that it would have turned into a business with nearly 400 students and […]

Are You Jeopardising Your Job Search?

Are You Jeopardising Your Job Search?

These job search tips can help you to land your dream job. It is no secret that today’s job market can be very competitive. It can be so easy as a jobseeker to fall into the trap of thinking that you are not being successful simply because another, perhaps more desirable, candidate gained the position. […]

Social Media Mistakes You’re Making

Social Media Mistakes You’re Making

Are you unwittingly scaring off potential employers because of basic social media mistakes? Social media is a fantastic tool for connecting with people and finding work. It’s no secret that many prospective employers check the social media platforms of potential candidates before offering them interviews. However, it’s all too easy to let yourself down and […]

Reasons Not To Study – Lack of Time!

Reasons Not To Study – Lack of Time!

Well, it is true that the world and our lives seem to get ever busier.  Juggling work, family, a social life and everything else that goes on isn’t always easy but when we say we don’t have time are we really being honest with ourselves?  Do any of us really know how much time we […]

The Benefits of Home Study

The Benefits of Home Study

If you’re thinking of retraining or developing new skills the prospect of returning to conventional education is quite daunting.  The thought of going back into a classroom environment, the potential for lost earnings and a disruption to your schedule all provide good reasons to be wary.  This is an especially big concern for people who […]

Want even more PA Blogs?

Our friends at Tips for Assistants offer a great resource designed to give top Executive, Personal, Administrative and Virtual Assistants the advice and resources to help them to continue perform at the highest level. As well as PA blogs they have a whole range of support materials to help you in your career.

Christina was kind enough to invite our very own Education Manager to write a post for the Tips for Assistants site which you can see below.

by Simon Scaysbrook – PA Blogs

The world we live in is fast-paced, and time stands still for nobody.

It is so easy to work hard to gain a role in your desired career and then rest on your laurels.

When you start a new job, you will need time to settle in, get to know your colleagues, get used to company procedures and, most importantly, get to grips with what is expected of you in your role. But what then?

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