In my last blog, I wrote about the resources that are available for Assistants and administrators in the form of magazines and websites. I thought I would also list a few associations and networking clubs that I have found useful over the years.
Professional Bodies / Trade Associations
The APA is a professional body for practising personal assistants and virtual assistants who work in direct support of the leaders of business, the public and voluntary sector, academia, the charities and arts. There are three subscriptions tiers; Associate, Member and Fellow which give you access to some useful resources online, designated letters after your name, regular e-newsletters, national and weekly events and networking opportunities.
The EUMA is a network for management support professionals with a focus on personal development and improving the profession for the future. The association was founded in 1974 and is represented in 26 countries across Europe. Again the membership includes a twice-yearly magazine, networking events and a LinkedIn Group.
The IAM is the professional body for administrators, and you can become a member either though qualifications, work experience or continuing professional development (CPD). The membership allows you access to designatory letters, an online magazine and website, regional events and discounted training opportunities.
Number 42 is a private club for the UK’s senior personal and executive assistants with an aim to facilitate networking and training for top-level assistants. Included in the membership is monthly salons with prominent figures – this month’s event is with Professor Lord Winton, business briefings, professional and social networking events, and use of the clubs facilities.
A network which focuses on providing useful information and resources for Assistants, including a fortnightly email with upcoming events and promotions.
The PA Club is an extensive network made up of senior and executive assistants invited to join based on their seniority and ability to influence purchasing decisions. The network aims to match assistants with selected companies that offer goods and services such as hotels, restaurants, venues, caterers, corporate gift companies etc. There are regular networking events, a website directory, weekly emails and an online newsletter.
The LCCI PA club is for assistants and in-house events organisers, and it offers free networking events in some of London’s best venues and hotels. The club also sends out a monthly e-newsletter which contains exclusives offers and promotions.
Do you use any of these networking clubs or professional bodies? What do you think? Also, let me know if you use any other resources that make your job easier.