In the world of workshops for Private Service Professionals, The Meyer Suite is a relative newcomer, opening their doors in 2012. However, their commitment to help enlighten potential and current Personal Assistant’s to the industry is a sincere desire to help others decide if this is the right profession for them, without having to make a costly investment.
In today’s Educator Spotlight, owner Elizabeth Meyer tells us more about her focused workshops…
1. How long have you been in business?
The Meyer Suite was founded in 2012.
2. In a nutshell, what do you teach?
“Personal Assistant 101 (The Prerequisite)” is a two-hour workshop and info session facilitated by Elizabeth Meyer, Founder/Principal of The Meyer Suite, who is also a seasoned celebrity/high-profile PA. In the workshop, Elizabeth talks about the profession, what it is and what it is not, and what it takes to make yourself an attractive candidate for this type of position.
3. What makes your training unique?
You will not find this type of workshop elsewhere. If you’re curious about what it means to be a personal assistant, if you’ve wondered how people get these kinds of jobs, if you know you’d be really, really good at it, but can’t seem to land the jobs you apply for, you will find nothing else like this workshop, which is run by someone who has insider knowledge of both the employer and employee side of private service. . . someone who had zero industry connections, landed several high-profile PA positions, and now works with clients who seek top talent for personal service positions.
This workshop is not your ticket to a job as a personal assistant; you will have some work to do on your end. But it will give you an overview of the profession, answer questions you have, provide some advice on how to make yourself an attractive candidate for the role, and allow you to network with someone who works with clients who hire PAs. You will walk away with something you can add to the “education/training” section of your resume that night!
4. How long are the courses?
Each workshop is 2-hours long, held on either a week night or weekend morning, depending on location and time of year.
5. How frequently are the programs run?
In 2014, the workshop was held twice in Seattle (Jan and June), twice in NYC (June and Oct), and once in Chicago (Sept). We plan to bring the workshop to additional markets in 2015.
6. Do you have an online or correspondence courses?
No, not at this time, but stay tuned . . . things are in the works!
7. What are the requirements to attend your school?
The only requirement is a sincere interest in learning more about what it means and takes to be a great personal assistant. That, and the ability to shut off your phone and disconnect from Wi-Fi for two hours, making yourself completely present for the workshop.
8. Who is your ideal student?
Attendees may be recent college grads who want to know more about the personal assistant profession and what it takes to land their first job, or may be working professionals who are interested in making a career transition. No matter the motivator, the ideal attendee is excited to learn from someone who was once in his/her shoes, enjoyed an awesome career within this niche space, and now works with clients who seek top talent. The ideal student recognizes that opportunity, and can’t wait to add this workshop to his/her resume at the end of the workshop!
9. Do you offer placement assistance to your graduates? What is your placement rate?
We’re happy stay in touch with workshop attendees, and would be thrilled to work with them through a specific search (which would be paid by a Meyer Suite client), but at this time, we do not work as candidate agents. And mere attendance at the workshop, will not necessarily guarantee placement. One attendee from a workshop held in Seattle in January 2014 did end up landing a job through The Meyer Suite five months later, but she incorporated what she learned at the workshop, became very specific about the role she was seeking, and landed her ideal position because she put into practice many of the things covered in the workshop.
10. Do you belong to any professional associations?
Elizabeth Meyer, Principal at The Meyer Suite, is a member of DEMA, and active member and founder of the DEMA-Seattle chapter.
11. Are you accredited? If so, with what entity…
12. How much does your program cost?
In 2014, each workshop cost $65+tax to attend.
13. Are financial aid, scholarships or payment plans available?
14. How can people contact you?
All contact info for The Meyer Suite, along with links to our social networking presence can be found on our website: www.themeyersuite.com