Category: CPD – Continued Professional Development

What is a Firewall? The term firewall is thrown about by those in the know about computer security, but what is it?   In the most general of terms, a firewall is a defence measure that your computer uses in an effort to protect itself from unwanted programmes and outside access to your computer. Think…

When you think of a PA or a Secretary, you immediately think of someone organised, who is ultra-efficient and has their hand on the heartbeat of the department or their Boss’s Day. In effect, being proactive. Being Proactive is management speech stating that ‘a person is creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding…

During your appraisal or work performance interview, you may be asked to set some SMART Objectives or goals for your future development within the company or department.  Goal setting is of particular importance for a PA and Secretary if you want a promotion to become an Executive PA. When setting goals, it is always advisable to…

I am a great believer in continued professional development and, as a result, I listen to some podcasts on different business practices.  This evening, I was listening to a podcast by an Australian  Pro-blogger called Darren Rowse.  He made an interesting suggestion about a New Year’s Resolution you could make. Further, how you could make a…

Depending on your company internal calendar of events and procedures the appraisal process isn’t that far away.  Most appraisals start in March/April in preparation for the new financial year.  For a PA, EA and Secretary this is the time when the task of organising appraisals or preparing for appraisals starts. It is, however, worth noting…

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As a PA (Personal Assistant), an EA (Executive Assistant) or secretary you may be asked to undertake an appraisal, this could be for junior members of staff. An Appraisal, Performance Review or Staff Review happens once a year.  The appraisal gives the employee and the employer an opportunity to openly discuss the previous years working…

Why would a PA need to know? Whether you are starting a business, expand an existing business or looking for a new PA Job, a SWOT analysis could help you to make the right choices for your business or career.  SWOT is an acronym to remind you of subject headings you should think of when making…

A Performance review or appraisal is one of the tasks managers hate to do, and employees hate to receive. The entire process can cause sleepless nights for both concerned and create lots of anguish. However, I would like to suggest that you may be looking at a performance review in a rather negative way.  …

Have you heard of the term CPD? Do you know what it means and more importantly, do you know what it involves? CPD stands for Continued Personal/Professional Development. In short, it means that you continue to study after you finish school, college or graduate from university. There are a number of professions that once you…