The Big Questions
What you can expect at the big questions events
We have the questions and you have the answers. The PA Big Questions is a unique event for all levels of PAs, EAs and Administrative Assistants. During the course of the event we will look to resolve some of the big questions that face our industry today. Through group activities, debates and all the latest technology, we will discuss the challenges faced by PAs today. The big questions have been created by the 7,000 Practically Perfect PA subscribers. It will be our attendees that answer them.
The afternoon will be facilitated by Nicky Christmas, Editor, Practically Perfect PA and William Thomson, Trainer and Event Consultant, Gallus Events.
The venue, dates and times are:
The George Hotel: Edinburgh – Thursday 30th June, 15:00 – 18:00
THIS IS A FREE TO ATTEND EVENT
The big PA Questions
The questions we will be discussing during the event
How do we get our organisations to value the work that we do?
With such a large number of assistants still being asked to complete tasks that are not part of their role by colleagues that don't understand the job, how do we get our organisations to value us?
How do we ensure that career development is central to the role?
Assistants can often be left out of training budgets. Without a defined career path, how can we ensure that career development is central to our role?
Are we paid the right salary for the work that we do?
The age old question. Does our salary reflect the increasingly difficult work that we are asked to do and the responsibilities that are now part of the role?
Our bosses are changing their behaviours. Are we keeping up to date with their needs?
Many assistants are supporting Executives with strong tech skills who want to manage their own workload. How can we offer support to the new generation of office employees?
What qualifications should assistants have?
Should assistants have degrees? Should work experience count for more than a qualification? What qualifications actually benefit assistants in their role?
How do we get our boss’s to value the work that we do?
An effective relationship between Executive and Assistant is vital. How do we ensure our bosses get the most out of the work that we do and value our role?
How do we ensure every assistant find a work life balance that is right for them?
Work life balance has to be right for the individual, but how do we make sure we are happy and healthy in the role while supporting increasingly busy Executives.
What impact does gender have on the perception of the role?
Most assistants are female, what if any, impact does this have on the role. Does gender politics come into play when we discuss the wider perceptions of assistants?
What impact will technology have on the future of the role?
How do we make the most of technology to help support our role? With so much tech available what impact will this have on the traditional tasks that may be managed directly by our Executives?
How do we keep up with the changes in the role?
The role has changed dramatically over the last decade and continues to develop at a rapid rate. How do we keep up with these changes and what will happen in the next 5 years?