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The PA Show ExCeL 2024



"Pathways to Progress: The Essential Role of Career Development for Admin Professionals"

29 Feb 2024
Personal Development Theatre
Personal Development Theatre

Pathways to Progress: The Essential Role of Career Development for Admin Professionals

Objective: To inspire and inform admin professionals at The PA Show about the importance and benefits of ongoing career development. This speech aims to provide practical advice on how to pursue growth opportunities and to emphasise the role of continuous learning in achieving professional success and fulfilment.

Key Points:

Introduction: The Evolving Landscape of Administrative Roles

  • Highlight the changing nature of administrative work in the modern workplace.
  • Emphasise how technological advancements and shifting organisational dynamics have expanded the role of administrative professionals.

The Importance of Career Development

  • Discuss how career development leads to enhanced job satisfaction, increased productivity, and potential for career advancement.
  • Address common misconceptions that career growth is limited in administrative roles.

Identifying Opportunities for Growth

  • Share strategies for identifying skill gaps and areas for improvement.
  • Encourage proactive engagement in professional development, such as workshops, webinars, communities, mentor programs and conferences.

Building a Personal Development Plan

  • Guide on how to create a personalised career development plan, setting realistic and achievable goals.
  • Discuss the importance of both hard skills (like digital proficiency) and soft skills (like communication and leadership).

Leveraging Resources and Networks

  • Provide information on finding and utilising resources available for professional growth, including mentorship programs and online admin communities.
  • Stress the importance of networking within and outside one’s organisation.

Real-Life Success Stories

  • Share my own personal admin journey, and share some other inspiring admin professionals who have successfully advanced their careers through personal development.

Encouraging Organisational Support

  • Offer advice on how to seek and secure support from employers for career development initiatives including a business case letter.
  • Highlight the mutual benefits to employees and organisations from such support.

Conclusion: Embracing a Growth Mindset

  • Motivate the audience to adopt a growth mindset, viewing challenges as opportunities for development.
  • Encourage continual learning and adaptability as key drivers for career success.

Call to Action: Encourage the audience to take the first step in their career development journey, whether it’s signing up for a course, joining a professional network, or simply setting a career goal for the year.

Duration: Approximately 30-40 minutes, including time for a Q&A session at the end.

Candice Burningham:

Candice Burningham, Director & Founder - Admin Avenues