The benefits of working abroad for Assistants

As many of you will know, I moved to Barcelona a few years ago to work as an assistant and marketing manager for Gallus Events. I must say, looking back, I was pretty brave. Moving to a new country where I didn’t know the language or many people. At the time I had a great job in London, I lived in an amazing part of town, had a fun social life and, well, everything was pretty settled! Saying all that I have never regretted moving here, taking those initial steps have led to so many wonderful opportunities.

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The Practically Perfect PA Advisory Panel

The Practically Perfect PA Advisory Panel

Practically Perfect PA has now been up and running for 5 years. Over that time, I have seen the blog grow and grow and grow! There are now over 11,000 of you signed up to the blog posts and newsletters and we attract over 90,000 visitors each month on the website. That’s a lot of people! I still do the bulk of the work, which I absolutely bloody love, but sometimes a gal needs a little help! So, at the beginning of this year I asked a few assistants who I think are fantastic to sit on The Practically Perfect PA Advisory Panel and… Well… Advise me on areas of the blog, the industry and stuff that they think you guys will like to know.

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Need a fresh start this Easter?

Need a fresh start this Easter?

I don’t know about you, but I love Easter and not just because of the chocolate consumption! For me, I see Easter as the proper start of the year. The first months of the year always fly by in a blur of dark nights, rain and layers of clothing. When Easter arrives, it is warmer, the days are longer, spring has kinda sprung and I can start to think about the year ahead with a little more focus. Easter is as good a time as any to start thinking about your life choices, what you have going on and what you want to achieve for the rest of the year. If you aren’t on the right path now is as good a time to change it as any, right? Do you need a fresh start this Easter? This blog is all about giving you a little inspiration before you head off on the long weekend.

We all have bad days…

But better days are just ahead… Once you’ve finished that second Easter Egg.

The good thing about fresh starts is that they can start whenever you like.

And if you aren’t too sure, fake it till you make it

 

Or at the very least

Here’s to fresh starts people and lots and lots of hot crossed buns. Happy Easter from Practically Perfect PA.

Practically Perfect PA Survey 2016 Reminder

Thank you to everyone who has completed the Practically Perfect PA survey. So far we have received just over 350 replies and some great feedback, but we would love to hear from more of you so please do take ten minutes out of your day to complete the questionnaire.

I’d appreciate your honest feedback, I really would! I’ll share a summary of the results in November, with a mixture of blogs and infographics!

Please complete the Industry Snapshot 2016 survey

To encourage you to complete the survey, we are also giving away £50 worth of iTunes Vouchers (or the equivalent in your currency) for one of you to win! All you have to do is complete the survey and enter your details so that we can contact the winner! More details can be found in the survey.

This year Sidekicks have sponsored the survey, which means, with their support, we can look at the results from a recruitment and career development perspective too. Here is a little more information on what Sidekicks do.

A word from our sponsor…

Founded in 2015 by an Assistant frustrated by the poor standard of secretarial recruitment in the UK, Sidekicks proudly source and supply the finest support talent in London.

We specialise in the provision of the best Personal Assistants in the market; our Assistants are educated, intelligent people with real commercial nous and often quite extraordinary skillets – just like you.
In addition to our recruitment expertise, all our consultants have previously worked within support roles, so we understand the unique demands of the job you do. Our mission is to promote the role of the Assistant as a profession and to bring a much higher level of quality and genuine understanding to the support recruitment market.

If we can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You’ll find us at www.sidekicks.london.

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Practically Perfect PA Survey 2016 Reminder

Thank you to everyone w has completed the Practically Perfect PA survey. So far we have received some great feedback, but we would love to hear from more of you so please do take ten minutes out of your day to complete the questionnaire.

I’d appreciate your honest feedback, I really would! I’ll share a summary of the results in November, with a mixture of blogs and infographics!

Please complete the Industry Snapshot 2016 survey

Squaremeal Venues + Events Live

For most assistants working in the UK the Squaremeal website and guide is a well-loved and trusted resource. For many years I have consulted the guide for restaurant and venue ideas, it has always been my first port of call when managers have asked me to book restaurants for them.

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The Industry Snapshot 2016

It’s that time of year again! Practically Perfect PA is nearly 5 years old (and yet I haven’t aged a day!) and every year I ask you lovely lot to give me feedback on the industry, the blog and other activities we have been working on – from our events to our new launched eBook. Your feedback is always welcome, but this year it will be particularly helpful as I am working on lots of new projects for the rest of 2016 and into 2017. The survey covers a lot of ground. I want to know how you guys feel about the industry, what is happening to you and your current role, how you feel about the current training on offer and any other resources we can offer. In other words, your thoughts are really important!

The results of the survey will be shared with you all in November. I will also use them to create some infographics that I will share with the wider business community so that they can understand how important assistants are to the office. The answers you give will shape the blog content for next year and the programmes at our events. So without further ado… Here is the link to the Industry Snapshot Survey:

Please complete our survey 

To encourage you to complete the survey we are also giving away £50 worth of iTunes Vouchers (or the equivalent in your currency) for one of you to win! All you have to do is complete the survey and enter your details so that we can contact the winner! More details can be found on the survey.

This year Sidekicks have sponsored the survey, which means, with their support, we can look at the results from a recruitment and career development perspective too. Here is a little more information on what Sidekicks do.

A word from our sponsor…

Founded in 2015 by an Assistant frustrated by the poor standard of secretarial recruitment in the UK, Sidekicks proudly source and supply the finest support talent in London.

We specialise in the provision of the best Personal Assistants in the market; our Assistants are educated, intelligent people with real commercial nous and often quite extraordinary skillets – just like you.
In addition to our recruitment expertise, all our consultants have previously worked within support roles, so we understand the unique demands of the job you do. Our mission is to promote the role of the Assistant as a profession and to bring a much higher level of quality and genuine understanding to the support recruitment market.

If we can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You’ll find us at www.sidekicks.london.

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So the Big Questions happened…

I’m just back from a week in the UK where we held the first of our regional events in Edinburgh and Leeds. The PA Big Questions took place at The George in Edinburgh and Horizon in Leeds. I was really pleased that we had 50 assistants at the events, all there to discuss the issues that face assistants and the industry as a whole. As this was the first event of its kind I wasn’t too sure how the events were going to pan out, but I was really pleased to see so many assistants sharing their experiences, giving each other advice and having a good old chit chat about the job. I wouldn’t say it was quite a group therapy session, but a lot of the attendees said that it was a cathartic experience!

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