Courses / workshops / seminars are a blended mixture of tuition with both large and small discussion groups, targeted for an administrative audience.
Some practical and discussion sessions are included so that thoughts and evaluations can be shared and compared.
Case studies and anecdotal evidence from Angela Garry’s own experience in administration roles and as a PA, plus from attendees on her previous course programmes are included to demonstrate key points.
A bespoke training programme would typically contain 4 to 5 topics per day (with sessions running for 60 or 90 minutes depending on requirements) or would be made up of selected half-day topic groupings. Topics can be linked / combined to create bespoke full / multiple day training programmes. Additional topics can be researched and provided as required, and will entail a small fee for research.
Career Progression 1: ‘PA’ should stand for ‘Particularly Ambitious’. How many times have you said “Me? Oh, I’m just a PA”. This session looks at the many reasons why you are not ‘just’ anything, and starts to look at your potential for developing yourself and your role.
Career progression 2: Talent Management. Becoming more proactive: about how you approach your work, your career and your CPD. Understand more about the importance of CPD and how it can help them to improve your career prospects, whilst promoting confidence in your own abilities.
Career Progression 3: future planning. What are your dreams and aspirations / your 5 or 10 year plan? Where is your role taking you? Your company and your boss will almost certainly have a business plan – are you in it and in what role? If you dream of XYZ, how are you going to get it?
Career Progression 4: moving from being a great PA to an Exceptional Assistant – onwards and upwards. Small changes that make a big difference in how we work and how we are perceived.
Career Progression 5: change management – are you ready for change? When your company is restructuring, what can YOU do to put yourself forward in the best light if you are re-applying for your current job, or applying for a new one? Open your eyes to the potential within you, and manage change as and when it occurs around you. The moral of the story is: no job is truly “permanent”.
Integrating the many parts of the PA: Your role, responsibilities, duties, areas of expertise, challenges, pitfalls, integrating the individual parts (and retaining sanity!), looking to the future.
Learning from the best – each other: the importance of mentoring, and how to do it right, either within your organisation or individually with an outside mentor.
Applying yourself to applications: whether you’re applying for a job or a promotion – or going through restructuring and re-applying for your job, how can you make sure yours is the best application?
Handling difficult questions at interview: How can you prepare yourself for some of the awkward things that an interviewer may ask of you?
The importance of finding fulfilment at work: and what to do if you’re not. Some little – and not so little! – changes that you can make to change how you feel about your role.
Handling criticism and giving feedback: making the best of yourself and assisting others to reach their potential, by welcoming criticism and giving constructive feedback to your team.
The future of the PA / EA role: Where has the role come from, predictions on where it is going, technological advances, how to work it to your advantage, planning for YOUR future.