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Elevating Your Office Career: The Power of Accredited Diplomas

Elevating Your Office Career: The Power of Accredited Diplomas

Enhancing Job Opportunities with Accredited Diplomas Accredited diplomas play a pivotal role in elevating your office…

EA Trends in 2024: The Future of Executive Support

EA Trends in 2024: The Future of Executive Support

Introduction EA Trends in 2024. Executive Assistants (EAs) have always been pivotal in managing and facilitating…

Elevate Your Team in 2024: A Manager’s Guide to Post-Review Success 

Elevate Your Team in 2024: A Manager’s Guide to Post-Review Success 

As we approach the end of another year, managers, particularly those involved in training, find themselves…

Year-End Performance Reviews – Crafting Your Career with Lewis College 

Year-End Performance Reviews – Crafting Your Career with Lewis College 

As the year draws to a close, Personal Assistants and professionals across various administration and office-based…

Gain a Diploma Working Full Time

Gain a Diploma Working Full Time

Trying to juggle working full-time while also studying a Diploma can feel overwhelming. With constant demands…

Flexible Diplomas Designed for Busy Mums

Flexible Diplomas Designed for Busy Mums

Juggling family life while trying to advance your career can feel impossible, that’s why we have…

Upskill Your Team Before Hiring New Staff

Upskill Your Team Before Hiring New Staff

Rather than immediately looking to hire new staff, first, consider opportunities to upskill your team. Developing…

Boost Your Graduate Career with Lewis College

Boost Your Graduate Career with Lewis College

You’ve worked hard for your university degree. Congratulations! Now it’s time to boost your graduate career…

How to Become a PA in the UK

How to Become a PA in the UK

Have you ever dreamt of having an essential role in an executive team, managing critical operations…

The Convenient and Flexible Learning Experience at Lewis College

The Convenient and Flexible Learning Experience at Lewis College

In today’s fast-paced world, online education has revolutionised the way we learn and acquire new skills.…

Understanding the Distinction: PA vs. EA

Understanding the Distinction: PA vs. EA

In the corporate world, efficiency and productivity rely on the seamless coordination and support provided by…

Setting Boundaries: A Guide for PAs

Setting Boundaries: A Guide for PAs

Welcome, my fellow Personal Assistants. We are a unique group of professionals who often go above…

The Eisenhower Matrix: A Guide for PAs

The Eisenhower Matrix: A Guide for PAs

As a personal assistant, your day-to-day work is full of tasks that require your attention, from…

Importance of Verbal Communication as an Executive Assistant

Importance of Verbal Communication as an Executive Assistant

Verbal communication is a key skill that must be mastered to be a successful Executive Assistant.…

Clear and Concise Instruction: Tips and Examples

Clear and Concise Instruction: Tips and Examples

Have you ever enrolled in an online course, only to feel overwhelmed by the lack of…

Benefits of an Executive Assistant Diploma

Benefits of an Executive Assistant Diploma

Have you ever considered the benefits of an Executive Assistant Diploma? It’s a role that has…

Effective Email Management

Effective Email Management

As someone who constantly struggles to keep their inbox under control, I know firsthand the importance…

Navigating Conflict in the Office

Navigating Conflict in the Office

Navigating conflict in the office can be a tricky business, but it’s a crucial part of…

National Online Learning Day: How Lewis College can help your career

National Online Learning Day: How Lewis College can help your career

Access to essential and highly sort-after skills is no longer limited to brick-and-mortar schools and colleges.…

Medical Secretary: The Ultimate Guide

Medical Secretary: The Ultimate Guide

A Medical Secretary is an important member of any medical office. They perform a variety of…

Team Management: 9 Tips for Executive Assistants.

Team Management: 9 Tips for Executive Assistants.

Team management is a critical skill for Executive Assistants. They are often the first line of…

How to Change your Career: 5 Steps to Become an Executive Assistant.

How to Change your Career: 5 Steps to Become an Executive Assistant.

For many of us, the idea of changing our careers can be daunting. We may feel…

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…

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…

Re-Introducing the Smile!

Re-Introducing the Smile!

A short story on how personal development skills can help change your perspective on lifes ups…

Treat Yourself this Christmas

Treat Yourself this Christmas

Career change and upskilling opportunties with Lewis College. Christmas is just around the corner, and I…

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. Here…

Refresher course. Does your team need one?

Refresher course. Does your team need one?

  A refresher course has become paramount in recent months. The pandemic has meant all businesses…

Interview Tips: Make the Job Interview Work for You!

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…

Stress Management: Dealing with Stressful Decisions

Stress Management: Dealing with Stressful Decisions

Stress management and dealing with stress in general is a skill and something we all need…

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

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation

A short bog on our continuous professional development accreditation. In January 2019 we became a CPD…

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…

Personal Assistant job: How to cope!

Personal Assistant job: How to cope!

It is one thing to get a personal assistant job – but quite another to cope…

Shorthand: Career boost or bust?

Shorthand: Career boost or bust?

Shorthand has been part of the PA role for decades and with the development of the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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