Is it worth it to be come a Virtual Assistant? Becoming a Virtual Assistant is a choice and a journey. This is Lynnette Westcott’s journey from a student in CanScribe’s Administrative Assistant / Virtual Assistant program to becoming a stay-at-home professional.
Lynnette is an inspiration for parents who want to make a career change for their children. Follow Lynette’s story below where she answers the question, “Is it worth it to become a Virtual Assistant?”
Is it worth it to become a Virtual Assistant?
After the birth of my oldest child, I knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mother. I believed that to do that I would have to give up any chance of a career. I also knew I wanted to be a homeschooling mom. It seemed like I had a choice: either stay at home with my kids, or I could get a job that I could pursue and enjoy.
I did not think it was possible to do both. I put the idea of getting a career out of my mind and focused on taking care of my kids. That was ten years ago, and I do not regret a thing.
So, what changed? I still homeschool my children (my oldest is now in fifth grade), I still believe that I should be home with my kids, and I still do not regret my decisions. What changed was the realization that I do not have to do an “either-or.” This isn’t a choice of whether I want to stay home with my kids; it isn’t a choice of picking one or the other.
I realized that I do have skills that I can use to do both. I do have the potential to not only stay with my kids but model hard work, a good work ethic, what it means to pursue something worthwhile, all without sacrificing my passion for being with them.
That’s why I chose to attend CanScribe. I wanted to attend a place where I could develop skills that I knew I had and learn new skills so I could pursue a career.
With a need to excel I set high standards for myself. I did not realize how fulfilling it could be to see what I was capable of. Then, I finished school much earlier than I anticipated and graduated with honours. It was so challenging and rewarding, and I was amazed at the process.
As I have been going through the process of applying for jobs, I am thankful for the skills that CanScribe has taught me. I have been given skill tests that, apart from my training with CanScribe, I would not have been able to complete. Being able to show what I have learned has been just as encouraging and rewarding as doing schooling in the first place.
After graduating, I began to pursue a career, hoping that I could find a job easily and quickly. It is not easy. It takes a lot of work. I created a LinkedIn profile, a website, a Facebook page, and started looking on job search sites for any position. I expected that it would be easy, a simple case of just applying to a few jobs.
The truth is, it takes a lot of hard work to find employment. I got a few rejection emails. There were many times I never heard back. It was so challenging. However, I knew I couldn’t give up. So, I pushed through and continued to do so. Looking for work is the most challenging aspect. I often felt discouraged. I reached out to the team at CanScribe, and they were more than helpful.
The instructors and other staff members went above and beyond to help me in my pursuit of a career. Everyone I spoke with was friendly, kind, engaging, and encouraging. They helped me to keep pushing through my doubts, my fears, and my insecurity. It was through them that I was able to keep reaching beyond my expectations. Their confidence inspired me to keep holding on.
The crazy part is I still don’t have a job yet. I’m still looking for work. I’ve had a few job scams where I thought I had work, only to find out that it was not legitimate.
And I am asking myself, “Was this worth it?” Was it worth going through this process, was it worth pushing myself when I don’t even have a guarantee of work? Was it worth pushing myself through school for this? And my answer is an unqualified yes. Yes, it has been worth it to see what I am capable of. Yes, it has been worth it to push myself beyond what I imagined and know that I have skills that I can offer. Would it be nice to have a job?
Obviously, yes. But I wouldn’t change this experience for anything in the world. Doing this has changed my perspective on who I am and what I have to offer. I owe much of this confidence and ability to CanScribe, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.
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