Executive PA Student Success Story

Pitman Training

Why I decided to study the Executive PA Diploma Programme at Pitman Training in Notting Hill

34 year old Nadia Guillaume had previously worked as a PA in her native France and came to London with a desire to perfect her English. She quickly found work as a nanny but realised that she needed more from her career....

When Nadia had developed her English to a strong level, she began to search the internet for courses that would enable her to blend her PA experience with her language skills.

It was the ability to study on Saturdays that first attracted her to Pitman Training and when she called our Notting Hill training centre, she says they motivated her to come in and sample some courses. Nadia says "everyone at the centre was so nice and supportive and with the study method being so flexible, I knew I wanted to enrol."

"It was a bit more expensive than I had expected but if you want the best, you have to pay for it - especially where education is concerned."

"I took out one of their payment plans so I could spread the cost over a year and I also decided not to go for the Executive PA Diploma at first but rather to test the water with the Secretarial Diploma."

'Before long I knew I had made the right decision and upgraded to the full Executive PA Diploma without hesitation!"

Nadia feels that having English as a second language actually made studying easier as she had to concentrate hard to make sure she understood all the nuances of the language in her PA training. "I found the Microsoft subjects fairly easy to pick up although I was surprised by how much I didn't know about Word!" "I found the English quite easy to understand, so that helped."

"I also found the typing quite hard and had to discipline myself to keep going, but I made it!" "But I loved Effective Business Communication! I actually found that it helped me to think in English."

"And the Executive PA Seminar was great! It helped me with all the small aspects of what will be expected from me when I start my new career as a PA. And the trainer was so encouraging!"

At the time of writing, Nadia has put her PA training to good use, having secured a job as a legal PA with a major international law firm in Paris. "It will be a lot of responsibility but I feel I have been preparing for this for years and thanks to Pitman Training, I'm ready!

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