Online Class: Personal Assistant 101

If you enjoy a fast-paced, ever-changing work life, feel comfortable interacting with high-level individuals, and yearn for unique professional experiences, explore your options as a professional personal assistant with this informative course.

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  • 14
    Lessons
  • 16
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 240
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 6
    Hours
    average time
  • 0.6
    CEUs
 
 

Course Description

Do you enjoy a dynamic, ever-changing workday? If so, the role of Personal Assistant may be perfect for you!

Busy and highly successful people don't have time for all the small, time-consuming, everyday chores most of us consider unavoidable. Instead of allowing such things to interfere, they hire dedicated professionals to manage mundane tasks so they can focus on their own career.

If you've ever wondered what a high-level personal assistant does during a typical workday or considered a career as a "right hand" to a wealthy or famous person, this course is for you. In 14 lessons, you'll learn what types of individuals hire personal assistants, how to prepare and present yourself when seeking a PA position, what to expect during a typical workday, how to create your own "PA tool kit," how to manage your employer's household, the importance of discretion, and much more.

If you enjoy a fast-paced, ever-changing work life, feel comfortable interacting with high-level individuals, and yearn for unique professional experiences, explore your options as a professional personal assistant with this informative course.

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  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.7 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(600 votes)

Lesson 1: Introduction and History

While a personal assistant may perform some or many of the duties of an executive assistant, they often are responsible for some or all household management as well. Additional lesson topics: The Essential Handbook For Personal Assistants: Tools For Becoming Or Hiring The Ultimate Personal Assistant; Be the Ultimate Assistant: A celebrity assistant's secrets to working with any high-powered employer 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Skills and Traits of a Good Personal Assistant

In this lesson, we'll explore many of the skills and personality traits of successful personal assistants. Additional lesson topics: The Key Attributes of an Effective Executive Personal Assistant; What are the Qualities of a Good Personal Assistant? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: How to Embark on the PA Career Path

Unless you have connections, chances are you'll have to put in several hours working for a variety of clients, and in a variety of capacities before you can expect to land a job really in line with your professional goals. Additional lesson topics: PERSONAL-ASSISTANT-TIPS.COM; Introduction to and Expectations for Résumés 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Tools of the Trade - Part I

Once you've obtained your first personal assistant job, you'll want to ensure you arrive as prepared as possible for your first day at work. Our "tools of the trade" lessons will help ready you not only for your first day but also for a successful career. Additional lesson topics: How to Become a Celebrity Personal Assistant; The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network; Job Posting site; Job Network site; Several Celebrities Who Are Hiring Now 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5 : Tools of the Trade - Part II / Technology

The most common technology developed to assist with secretarial duties includes shorthand, typewriters, dictation machines, voicemail, and of course, computer technology. Additional lesson topics: Seven Truths About Becoming a Celebrity Assistant 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Your Professional Persona - Part I

As much as no one wants to admit it, first impressions matter a lot. Additional lesson topics: Developing a Strong Professional Persona Does Not Mean Becoming Someone Else; PROJECTING A PROFESSIONAL PERSONA 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Your Professional Persona - Part II

Often, we label our mistakes as failures when all we've really done is make a simple mistake. Conversely, some things we see as harmless mistakes actually are disastrous failures in disguise. Additional lesson topics: Moving Forward: How to Overcome a Career Failure; How to deal best with failure and stress 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Understanding Your Role and Setting Boundaries

We now come to one of the more delicate subjects surrounding such a close one-on-one relationship between employer and employee, which is understanding your role or where you fit into the scheme of things. Additional lesson topics: Working Together; Where do assistants draw the line? 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Self-Care

This lesson will focus on caring for a personal assistant's most valuable asset--themselves. Additional lesson topics: Why Self Care Is So Important; Self-Care Strategies 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Travel

Chances are excellent your employer will require assistance with travel arrangements at some point during your tenure, so it's advisable to have more than a brief acquaintance with coordinating travel. Additional lesson topics: Differences between Butlers, House Managers and Personal Assistants 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Traveling
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Managing a Household and Special Projects

Despite any personal life experience you may have with home management, looking after someone else's "great house" requires a different set of skills. Additional lesson topics: Personal Database Apps; Several Easy to Use and Free Alternatives to Microsoft Access; How to Create a Database in MySQL 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Creating Your Own Informational Database

Of all the tools of the trade, one of the best a personal assistant can have is a combination of the tangible and intangible, one you create yourself. It is your database. Additional lesson topics: What's the best career path for an administrative assistant?; From EA to Anywhere: How to Get Promoted from Assistant-Level 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Life After a Personal Assistant Career

Even if a personal assistant practices good self-care and really enjoys the intense lifestyle, the fast pace, numerous responsibilities, and changing requirements become too much at some point. 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Resources

In this final lesson, we'll provide you with resources to assist with many aspects of your PA career and beyond. 79 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Exam 14
  • Assessment: Final Exam
213
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what a personal assistant is.
  • Summarize skills and traits of a good personal assistant.
  • Describe how to embark on the PA career path.
  • Define tools of the trade.
  • Describe your professional persona.
  • Describe creating your own informational database.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Personal Assistant 101
Course Number: 9770435
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (600 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: March 2021
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

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