What can a Network do for you?

One of the most valuable assets for an Assistant is being part of a professional network.  I have been a dedicated member of International Management Assistants (IMA – formerly EUMA) since 1988, serving on the Executive Committee for four years, firstly as Association Secretary and from 2001-3 as Executive Chairman, leading the Executive Committee as well as the European Council, the governing body of the Association.  I would not be in the position I am today if it had not been for IMA and the growth and development that I achieved while actively serving the Association.

There are many networks to choose from, so look carefully at the target group to ensure that it will match your own development goals.  Whichever you decide to join, it’s a two-way street.  The more you give to your network, the more you will receive in return.

There are some amazing resources out there for Assistants, so make the most of what’s on offer to benefit your company and your own personal development.

International Management Assistants, (IMA) is a global network of management support professionals. Two of its main aims are the personal and professional development of its members and the continued evolution of the management support profession.

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is a non-profit professional association serving the administrative profession. IAAP is dedicated to helping office and administrative professionals advance their career in a demanding and ever-changing business environment.

The PA Hub is the leading networking group for assistants across the North of England, working with EAs, PAs, VAs, Secretaries, Office Managers and equivalent roles.

The PA Way is a lifestyle platform aimed at professionals within the PA/EA/VA and office administrative sector.

Practically Perfect PA teaches concepts, mindset, strategies and tactics that will help Executive Assistants, Personal Assistants and Administrative Assistants succeed in the role. 

The American Society of Administrative Professionals is a community for administrative professionals to develop their skills and earn recognition. They provide resources and training to navigate today’s evolving business climate and while advocating for the value of the profession.