I took my first online training course for Executive Assistants, probably around 15 years ago now.
It was a live webinar. We had to listen to the speaker via the phone on my desk while watching the slideshow on my computer screen.
It was a bit of a novelty, and funnily enough, a lot of my colleagues were watching the whole thing behind my shoulder because it was the first live webinar they had seen. It was great, I didn’t have to leave my desk, I did the webinar over lunch and learnt quite a bit, but the technology wasn’t quite ready to capture my attention. We’ve come along way since then.
Online training for Executive and Personal Assistants is common, and there are a lot of fantastic courses that Assistants can take, for free or for a small price that will help further their career and professional development. I thought today. I would share with you five online courses every Executive Assistant should take.
Five online courses every Executive Assistant should take
If you are a new Assisant looking to improve your skill set, Practically Perfect PA has a fantastic online course that covers all of the skills requried to be a fantastic Assistant. To be seen as a business asset and not “just” an Assistant is crucial for any Assistant looking to advance their career. So to help new and aspiring Assistants, we structured the essential parts of our roles into seven sections.
- Essential tasks
- Meetings and minutes
- Travel planning
- Event management
- Email management
- Managing your Executive
- Common projects
These seven sections are made up of tasks that fundimentally define the Assistant role. Master these tasks and you will advance in any orgainsation. Training for new Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants is so important and worth your investment to advance your career.
Project Management Basics
We cover Project Management for Assisants in our Productivity and Time Management course, which is packed full of fantastic sessions on everything Assistants need to manage their to-do list.
In the meantime, Alison.com does an excellent free introduction to project management.
Project management is such a useful tool for Assistants to have, and it is well worth taking a course so that you understand the basics and pick up a few valuable project management skills along the way.
Key Strengths and Characteristics for Assistants
As a former Executive Assistant, I know how important it is to arrive at work with the right mindset. We have to be ready to hit the ground running, every….single….day!
We have to handle difficult conversations (and people) on their schedule rather than ours. We have to know how and when to manage up, and we need to know who to contact at any moment to get things done.
We have to be sure and assured. We have to be confident and creative. We must be someone who others feel happy to confide in. We have to show initiative, and we have to be innovative.
To be able to cope with the demands of the role, we must have the right mindset.
The Assistant Mindset Online Course teaches Assistants the key strengths and characteristics needed to develop the right mindset so that they are one step ahead of the challenges in the role.
We often talk about the need for Assistants to have good business acumen. Knowing the business that you work in is essential. These 5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take all help Assistants build their business strategy, we also have free resources for Assistants that will build your business aumen.
Having a general knowledge of good business practice is a great place to start. We have a lot of advice for Assistants who want to improve their business strategy in our FREE guide for Assistants who wish to move into a strategic business partnership with their Executive.
We also have an in-depth presentation from our Founder, Nicky Christmas, on how to improve your business acumen on a shoestring budget, which you can also watch for free.
Career Development for Assistants
Our brilliant online course Moving On Up – Career development for Assistants was built with your success in mind.
We want you to thrive as an Assistant, not just survive! Our 5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take will help you to thrive!
Each module has been designed to ensure that Assistants excel in their role. Across the five distinct areas of the course, you will learn how to:
- Be the game changer in your organisation
- Decide if it is indeed time to Move On Up or Move On Out!
- Speak up in meetings and voice your opinions
- Develop your personal brand
- Refresh your career with seven easy steps
- Communicate with impact
- Say no more often and be more assertive
- Work within your Executive’s inner circle
- Ace your next job interview
- Gain confidence and advocate for yourself
If you have been in the same, or similar role, for a few years, you will have no doubt mastered all of the administrative tasks involved in your role. Perhaps to start with they were challenging, but now, well, that’s a different matter.
You are no doubt wondering what next? How will I develop my career? How can I get that promotion or be taken more seriously as an Assistant? This is the course that will elevate you in the role.
These 5 online courses every Executive Assistant should take are a great place to start. Practically Perfect PA have been running events for Assistants for five years, and we are proud that we do activities a little differently. Our training for Executive Assistants offers something different.
We concentrate on making our audience feel like participants. Our content is driven by our blog, the online resource for Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants.
Career and personal development, practical advice and key skills will always be at the very core of our training for Personal Assistants.
We have Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summits across the year. You can sign up to a Virtual Summit from as little as £50. Check out the programmes here.
We also have our online courses which are available at all times and can be accessed here.