I could not have dreamed up a better job for my life in this season. When I left Austin to get married in 2014, I knew many things would change over time as we moved around the country or world for my husband’s job in the army. After moving, I worked in the non-profit sector up until March 2015 when I knew I needed to make a job transition.
I’d almost been married a year and deeply desired to find a job that I could prioritize my marriage with my time, use my strengths, and in my absolute *ideal world* work in a ministry of some type. I held out for hope that all of this was possible. Listening to a Michael Hyatt podcast and hearing about a company that contracted virtual assistants to all types of industries, I realized my dreams could become reality.
I applied and went through their thorough application process.
I was accepted and haven’t looked back since they contracted with me. You know you’re in a good job when you never find yourself perusing job postings. Prior to becoming a VA, I’d been looking at different jobs for a while. In my current role, I get to use my gifts in a constantly changing environment, working from wherever I physically am, while being available to the people I love (such as my sister or being able to adjust my schedule to my husband’s).
Today is, “National Administrative Professionals’ Day.” So, if you have an assistant or secretary, this serves as a reminder to tell them how much you appreciate them. And for the assistants of the world, it is a day to express our gratitude for the jobs we have!
My Dream Job As A Virtual Assistant
A few questions I am asked about my dream job are below:
What is a VA?
A “virtual assistant.” Imagine an office secretary that you’ve never met. Or think of a personal assistant that takes care of all the little things that you can never get around to handling.
What can a VA do?
Almost everything that you can imagine an assistant would do. Handle your emails, set up meetings, answer calls, respond to requests, research information, manage projects, book travel, order food for meetings, etc. A VA considers it their job to learn to think like you, and then take action on all the things that take time away from you doing what you’re best at.
Who utilizes an assistant like that? Why not get someone in person?
It can be cheaper to hire a VA instead of an on-site assistant depending on your needs. It can also be more efficient. In the fast-paced, technological world we live in, oftentimes an assistant and the person they support are not in the office together anyways due to travel or meetings, so virtual support is already necessary.
Also, hiring can be difficult. The company I am contracted through does an incredible job matching assistants with clients and then ensuring that the relationships work well on an ongoing basis.
What does this look like (for me) day to day?
First, it looks different for every person. Everyone has different needs, so I adjust to what is needed. Personally, I am contracted to work 35 hours/week. I have three standing meetings that are handled over the phone or on a video service. Around those meetings, I accomplish what is needed both in basic tasks and long-term projects.
I am a virtual assistant to two pastors. I’ve been working with them for 1.5-2 years, and I’ve never met them in person. Will I? If we are ever in the same place at the same time, of course.
Why is being a Virtual Assistant my Dream Job?
- Growth – My skill set has grown more in the last two years than I thought possible.
- Purpose – I love serving others, and am constantly being challenged to learn about church ministry in different parts of the country.
- Team – I have never met these people that I get to serve, but I can honestly say that supporting them in a way that empowers them to live out the calling in their lives gives me so much life. In some ways I work solo, but I feel so incredibly connected to what is going on in different parts of the country, that the “team” aspect of this job helps make the world feel a little smaller and a lot more connected.
Happy National Administrative Professionals’ Day!
Whenever we bring order out of chaos, whenever we draw out creative potential, whenever we elaborate and “unfold” creation beyond where it was when we found it, we are following God’s pattern of creative cultural development.” – Timothy J. Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work