Building Credibility as an Assistant

Credibility, the quality of being trusted and believed in. One of the most valuable and buildable assets that all Assistants must treat as pivotal to their professional success. While it is essential to embark on your own journey of continuous professional development, it is important to remember one thing; credibility cannot be learnt in a classroom or over night. Credibility…
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PA Diaries: Emily O’Hara, PA to CEO IESA

How do you transition from a career in hospitality to working as the PA to the CEO of an international supply chain business? Look no further as we introduce you to Emily O’Hara, Personal Assistant at IESA in Cheshire. With an infectious energy and a true passion for being the right hand person to the ‘ultimate boss’, we chat with…
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Boundary Setting with Your Boss

The role of an Assistant requires the ability to establish close knit relationships and a level of trust that only comes from years of close and consistent social interaction with those you support. Setting boundaries with anyone in life can be difficult, pushing back and saying no in your career can be tough, especially when you’re fond of the person…
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PA Diaries: Claire Harold, Arup

As Executive Assistant to Global Services Chair at global professional services company Arup, Claire Harold is a force to be reckoned with. Starting her career in 2006, Claire has worked her way up the career ladder and describes herself as a highly proactive and organised professional focused on delivering business results independently as well as in a team. This interview…
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The Secret to Success as an Executive Assistant

In an industry where the relevance and importance of job titles are largely misunderstood, it can be tough to stay motivated after you have dedicated years to reaching EA level, when you then meet someone fresh out of college who, with no substantial office experience, walks into the exact same position for a different company. Making it as an Assistant…
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How to Transition Back to Work After Maternity Leave

Whether you are a first time Mum or a seasoned pro at pregnancy, returning to work after having a baby is certainly a milestone. You’ve taken the time to hire a new Executive Assistant to hold the fort and have swapped diary management for nappy changing and board meeting prep for night feeds. You have spent the past 6-12 months…
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