Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Of courses, of course....

Why I do what I do
I've said it many times: I'm passionate about the PA / EA profession and about ensuring that PAs and EAs have the opportunity to develop themselves as much as possible so that we can be the best we possibly can be in our roles.

Having trained to be a teacher originally - I'm a fully qualified secondary school maths teacher with Qualified Teacher Status, no less - I realised early on within my training course that I didn't really enjoy the disciplinary side of education. I wanted fictitious children to teach - nice children who didn't answer back, didn't need a firm hand and who wanted desperately to learn. I wasn't cut out for standing in a classroom attempting to keep them all interested, keep them listening, keep them in the same room.... 

After qualifying and receiving my BSc(Ed) in Maths and Education, I went to work in administrative and PA roles, having discovered my flair for organising, administration and general all-round geekery with computers. Fast forwarding to 2009 or so, when I started meeting with other PAs at networking and training events, and the first seeds of thought started growing in my head - maybe I could become a PA Trainer, utilising the skills I learnt in my teacher training and those I'd learnt over the years as a PA. And now we're here in 2015, this is what I *do* now, it's my job, my career, my calling. And I love it!
I have so far worked with over 3,000 PAs and EAs in 28 countries in various events, courses, conferences, programmes, workshops, seminars, webinars and podcasts - delivering training, mentoring and coaching. I've written two books for the PA & EA community - "Brave PAs" for those in education and "The PA & EA Circus" for corporate / industry / other environments. I've been featured in PA magazines, and I now even own and edit one - NAHPA, for PAs working in schools - plus I'm going to be launching UNIPA magazine in early 2016 for PAs working in universities and colleges.

My current courses
I'm currently sending out marketing to PAs, EAs and their Executives around the UK and Ireland, to advertise my training courses for this autumn, where I am offering two different 2-day course programmes.

Course 1 
Limerick and Edinburgh.
The two days are on "Multi-taking for Miracle Makers" and "Project Management for PAs and EAs"
Bookings and further details are available at: 
* Limerick, Ireland: 5-6 November 2015 http://picaaurum-limerick.eventbrite.co.uk .
* Edinburgh, Scotland: 3-4 December 2015

Course brochure is here: http://angelagarry.co.uk/picaaurum/files/Download/PicaAurumCourse1flyer.pdf

Course 2
Nottingham, Dublin and London 
The two days cover a range of essential topics for PAs and EAs to ensure you are ready for tomorrow's challenges: presentations, overflowing inboxes, purple folder, appraisals, social media, managing change, minute-taking, networking.
* Nottingham, England: 1-2 October 2015 http://

 * Dublin, Ireland: 20-21 October 2015 http://picaaurum-dublin.eventbrite.co.uk 
* London, England: 24-25 November 2015 http://picaaurum-london.eventbrite.co.uk
Course brochure is here: http://angelagarry.co.uk/picaaurum/files/Download/PicaAurumCourse2flyer.pdf

Office* 2015
In addition, I'm also speaking at this year's Office* show - having attended for several years running and paid to attend seminars, I'm now the presenter on their seminar programme!   The full programme is here: http://www.officeshow.co.uk/education and details of my seminar are here: http://www.officeshow.co.uk/events/a-beginners-guide-to-integrating-the-many-parts-of-the-pa/

If you'd like to attend any of these sessions - or for me to come and work with you and your organisation - or to work me on an individual basis for training, mentoring or coaching - please get in touch! 


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