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My typing skills have come in handy over the years. As a full-time university student, I financially supported myself. I worked up to 30 hours per week doing office work. By the time I was a third-year university student, I had access to a flatmate’s laptop. We were in many of the same classes and I had the better typing speed, so I got to take the laptop to lectures. This allowed me to type lecture notes rather than hand-write them. This resulted in me being the “
This experience not only increased my typing speed. It provided me with exposure to computers generally. My friend’s laptop was a PC and I also used to go to the computer labs on campus which had Apple computers. So I learnt how to use both systems very well. It also meant I learnt how to use Microsoft products.
My exposure to computers, along with my typing skills, served me well during my legal career. This was particularly early on when I did not have access to a secretary – I was my own secretary! This further developed my computer skills, Microsoft Office skills and internet skills.
My experience working in litigation-based law firms proved invaluable. It provided
- time management
- research skills
- critical thinking
- drafting skills
- dealing with a wide range of people from varying backgrounds
- oral and written communication.
I then decided to not exclusively work for law firms. This has allowed me to build on my skills across different industries. I also obtained office management experience in a few industries.
Advances in technology, the rise of the internet and social media and businesses being willing to outsource work has allowed virtual assistants to be a valuable and rewarding career. Virtual assistants are not merely “home-based secretaries”. Many virtual assistants specialise, but all virtual assistants are multi-skilled. This is of benefit to busy individuals, sole traders and all business!
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For those interested in becoming a virtual assistant, there’s some Australian available. This