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fantastic and respected my decision. Of course, they wanted to know why, and I found that really hard to answer. It wasn’t that I was scared of leaving home. To be honest, that was the only positive reason to the whole thing! Don’t get me wrong, I love my home life, but the thought of standing on my own two feet was appealing. I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and the thought of studying for three more years and incurring huge debts, was worrying. So, time for a “Plan B”. My mother had


attended a secretarial course, when she’d left school, and suggested that it might be a good idea for me. A search of the internet threw up Oxford Media & Business School. My mother was amazed at how the role


of the secretary had changed since her day. Today’s secretary is known as an Executive or Personal Assistant and is expected to make a signifi cant contribution to a company from day one. The OMBS website explains this in great detail and has lots of testimonials from past students and tributes from employers


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don’t want to go to university!” As soon as I said those words out loud I felt like a huge weight had lifted from my shoulders. My parents were


So you don’t want to go to university? A successful executive assistant suggests a plan B…


and recruitment agencies that have employed OMBS graduates. So we made an appointment to meet with the Principal, Andrea Freeman. I was a bag of nerves travelling to Oxford on


the day of my interview. I could not believe that I might possibly be accepted for the course. Me: a budding Personal Assistant, sitting at the right hand of a corporate executive? But as soon as we walked into the building,


it felt like it was meant to be. The place was buzzing and the atmosphere was calm and happy. Andrea wanted to know all about me, what my strengths and weaknesses are – my hobbies and interests – she didn’t seem at all phased by the fact that I wasn’t quite sure as to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. She took us on a tour of the building and


Andrea knew each of the students by name and would talk to them about job interviews, or congratulate them on a recent achievement. We talked to her about the kind of job


that I could get when the course fi nished. She was very honest. At 18 years-old, and with no real work experience, I would start work as a receptionist/junior PA level, but she had many examples of how her ex-students had advanced quickly once they had proved themselves.


“The thought of studying for three more years and incurring debt was worrying”


Three years later and I have been working


for the Chief Executive of a fi nancial PR company. My job is so exciting that if you had told me back then that I would be doing this, and earning such good money, I would have laughed at you. But now I have a perfect CV and skills for life, I would feel confi dent about applying for any job. For further details of the Executive PA Diploma course, please call 01865 240963 or visit www.oxfordbusiness.co.uk


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