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What Hurdles Did This Former Dental Assistant Overcome To Start New Career as a VA? - JSU Interview 06/08/2022

June 8, 2022
by Jason Dulay 
Jason is the founder and CEO of Work from Home Roadmap and VA Bootcamp. Aside from teaching Filipinos how to succeed working from home, he likes traveling, playing board games, and drinking coffee.
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Albert Einstein, Ludwig van Beethoven, and J.K. Rowling.

Aside from being famous, these people are known for being genius or gifted in their respective fields.

Hindi lahat pinalad maging gifted or talented and minsan mapapa-sana all ka na lang sa kanilang talent.

However, I believe talents or skills are not enough for a person to be successful.

And the aforementioned people didn’t rely on their talents alone to achieve their goals in life.

All successful people worked hard, faced several mistakes and failures, and persevered despite setbacks and obstacles.

They never stopped learning.

They continued to explore new things.

They didn’t quit or gave up.

It’s easy to go on when things are going your way, but it’s a different story when there are challenges and obstacles that keep you from moving forward.

According to inventor Alexander Graham Bell, the only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.

I believe success will not be elusive when you combine hard work and determination regardless of your talent.

Meet Shane.

She used to be a dental assistant and then became an unemployed person.

Initially, she looked for jobs that wouldn’t require her to go out due to the pandemic.

Her failed efforts to work in ESL made her feel discouraged.

But she believes in her own skills and knows that she only needs to practice and work harder.

It motivated her to pursue online freelancing.

  • Introduction:

Shane used to be a dental assistant and then became an unemployed person. Initially, she looked for jobs that wouldn’t require her to go out due to the pandemic. Her failed efforts to work in ESL made her feel discouraged. But she believes in her own skill and knows that she only needs to practice and work harder. It motivated her to pursue online freelancing.

  • Notable Quotes:

  • Make it a habit na i-separate yung working hours nyo sa me time and personal life. Tapos mag stick ka sa schedule mo.
  • Then if you think that your progress is slow, that’s fine. Okay lang yan. We have our own phase naman. Ang mahalaga kasi doon may movement and honestly matutuwa ka, kasi ngayon  nag mo-move ka na, kasi a year from now, you'll look back and realize how much you’ve grown, skill wise and even in life din.
  • In freelancing you’ll always learn something new, saka may constant change, kaya you need to learn how to adapt fast, otherwise, you’ll be left behind.
  • Get out of your comfort zone, kasi yun yung ginawa ko. So, kung ano yung ikinatatakot mo ngayon yun talaga ang tutulong sayo para mag grow ka. Challenges are normal.
  • Keep yourself healthy, tsaka matulog kayo, haha! Kailangan n’yong matulog. Kailangan n’yong magpahinga rin. - Shane
  • Journey To Freelancing
  • Shane is a graduate of dental hygiene, worked as a dental assistant, and then become unemployed. 
  • She tried to apply to the BPO industry but didn't push through. 
  • Also tried to apply as an ESL teacher because it's a trending job before. Unfortunately, she didn't make it and felt she doesn’t know how to teach. 
  • She also looked for other work-from-home jobs like being a transcriptionist but also failed to get one.
  • As she applied for online jobs, she realized that she didn't know how to make the right cover letter or even a good resume. She also did some online research to learn more things about it however felt something is still missing then she decided not to continue that somehow made an impact on her losing her self-confidence.
  • One day her Aunt introduced her to the VA Bootcamp and upon enrolling in its course she slowly started to regain her self-confidence and learned to understand more of her skills.
  • She then joined the Guided Hustle Challenge and there met her first client. The person she met in GHC outsourced it to her.
  • Question and Answer

How long did it take you from that time na you're looking for WFH jobs until nadiskubre mo ang VA Bootcamp?

 

It started during pandemic palang while I'm applying for an ESL jobs kasi ayoko mag take ng risk to work outside kasi wala pang vaccine noon.

 

With the many months of frustrations di ka ba na depress? Hindi ka ba nag give-up?

 

Somehow, parang may mga time din, di ko lang alam kung depression ba ang tawag dun. The symptoms are there. Yun para bang wala ka ng gana sa lahat. Nalulungkot ka talaga kasi at first confident ka, may skills ka, tapos bigla kang babasagin agad.

 

With your experiences of rejections Shane nag self-reflect ka ba? Na identify mo ba what is the reason why, majority?

 

Yes! Kaya pala walang positive results ay dahil may mali akong ginagawa, kulang ang aking ginagawa. I learned kung ano ang tamang approach.

 

Kumusta ka na after you enrolled the VA Bootcamp? May mga clients ka na ba?

 

Yes! nakakuha ako ng clients when I joined the Guided Hustle Challenge, a good person from GHC outsourced it to me.

 

Now that you are in freelancing can you compare yung mga sinasabi mo dati na kulang sayo when you are applying for BPO and ESL jobs? Pareho din ba sa freelancing?

 

Di naman po kasi natutunan ko na siya along the way. Kasi yung sa freelancing jobs willing sila na magturo sayo. Meron ka na kasing skills ang kailangan nalang is matutunan i-apply.

How long did it take for you to regain your self-confidence?

 

Actually  ngayon di pa naman siya fully recovered. Ilang buwan palang kasi ako sa freelancing (4months). Ang maganda lang ngayon is alam ko na ang gagawin ko, nandun na yung confidence na I can do it talaga.

Could you give us an example na pagka-mali ka ay okay lang sa kanila (Client)?

 

There was a task that introduced to me na di ako familiar. It's about excel. Basic lang kasi ang knowledge ko dun. Nung itinuro sa akin ang task gets ko naman pero nung ako na ang gagawa na mag-isa hindi ko na alam. Kinabahan na ako dahil baka di na ibigay sa akin ang task, pero ang sabi niya okay lang yan, willing din naman ako na turuan ka, okay lang na within this period, okay lang na magkamali pero once na mag exceed ka na, yun na yung parang di na okay.

  

Yun bang pag-aaral mo ba sa VA Bootcamp, was it difficult for you?

 

Sa WordPress po ako nahirapan. Di ko siya masyado napagtuunan ng pansin. But during my internship mas na explore ko siya.

  

Since sabi mo outsourced ka naman. Did you ever try na mag-apply sa mga platforms? Did you try to get clients on your own and how was it?

 

Sa ngayon po medyo madaming task sa current client ko kaya di po ako nag-aaply sa Upwork. 

Buti naman na yung ayaw na ayaw mo na task dun ka pa napadpad, at so far mukhang enjoy ka naman. I like that. Will there be a time na sasabihin mo na ayaw ko ng Excel talaga? Do you think in the future na may ganun kang sentiments?

 

Feeling ko wala, kasi nag eenjoy na ako sa excel. Di siya about sa money, kasi kung sa money lang din parang di nalang. Natututo kasi ako sa task ko ngayon. Yun naman talaga ang habol ko.

Have you ever planned your future as a freelancer? meron ka bang naka set na pattern? What would you do from here?

For now, I'm not rushing anything. Sa time-line ko okay lang ngayon na nasa learning skills pa ko. Then, kapag sobrang confident na ako dun sa ginagawa ko saka ko na siya ilalagay sa portfolio ko. Sa ngayon na newbie ako, okay lang na maging slow as long as merong progress. -Shane

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by Jason Dulay 
Jason is the founder and CEO of Work from Home Roadmap and VA Bootcamp. Aside from teaching Filipinos how to succeed working from home, he likes traveling, playing board games, and drinking coffee.

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  2. "Graduate po ako ng Dental Hygiene, naging Dental Assistant, nag-apply sa BPO pero di ako confident, nag-apply ng ESL, pero unfortunately di pala ako marunong magturo. Naghanap ako ng ibang Work-From-Home Jobs, pero di ako pinapalad. So sabi ko baka di talaga siya para sakin." - Shane

  3. "Nagtry ako mag-apply sa mga jobs na sa tingin ko kaya ko naman, pero parang may mali, di ako gumawa ng Cover Letters so naghahanap ako ng lessons online, kahit paid, pero parang di nasasagot tanong ko. Until na-introduced sa akin ang VA Bootcamp." - Shane

  4. "Nagkaroon ako ng confidence. Dun ko nalaman na may skills na pala ako, ginagawa ko na pala siya, di ko lang pano siya gawin as a job. And dun na nagstart ang pagwowork ko as a VA (when I finished the VAB Course)." - Shane

  5. "Naghahanap din talaga ako ng job na ang set up ay nasa bahay lang talaga, kasi ayaw ko i-risk yung sarili ko kasi wala pang vaccine noon. Ayaw ko din naman tumambay ng matagal, kaso yun lang di lang talaga ako pinapalad noon."

  6. "Nov. 2021 po ako nag-enroll. Dec po ako natapos. Nung nagkaroon ng Guided Hustle Challenge noong February 2022, nagjoin po ako. Yung first client ko di ko nakuha sa freelancing platforms, pero nakuha ko dahil inoutsource sakin ng mga nakilala ko along the way." - Shane

  7. "Noong nagkaroon ng GHC last February, sabi ko, ito na yun. Nagkaroon ako ng confidence. Pero hindi ko nakuha ang client ko sa freelancing platforms, kundi may nag outsource sa akin na kasama ko sa GHC"-Shane

  8. "Natutunan mo na siya along the way, meron ka na kasing skill, so paano mo gagawin para makatulong ka sa client mo. E.equip mo lang talaga"-Shane

  9. "Ngayon di pa naman din siya truly recovered in a way, kasi ilang months pa lang naman ako nagwowork, pero ang maganda kasi doon, alam ko na kung anong gagawin ko. Nandun na yung confidence na I can do it talaga." - Shane

  10. "Building confidence is not instant, actually ngayon hindi pa fully regain yung confidence ko, pero alam ko na kung anong gagwin ko. Andun na ang confidence na magagawa ko ng tama."-Shane

  11. "May task na binigay si client sa akin ( sa Excel, Google sheets) which is basic lang ang alam ko. Thankful ako na willing sya na turuan ako at ok lang na magkamali kasi bago pa ako. Binigyan nya rin ako ng time para ma work ko ng maayos ang task" - Shane

  12. "Make it a habit to separate your work hours to your personal hours. If your progress is slow okay lang yan as long as you don't stop. Adapt fast. Get out of your comfort zones. " -Shane

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