I am no stranger to academia. My parents are both teachers, and both brothers are physics majors. As the lone VA in the family, I find that my skills come into play even in the Halls of Academia. Here are just a few ways that academics can benefit from VAs.
Proofreading is key with academia. It undermines credibility when there are errors. I’ve proofread many letters and research papers over my virtual assistance career. I confess, the papers that discuss things like bacterial treadmills are realms above me in terms of subject matter. However, I can still spot a typo! Academics can always benefit from an extra pair of eyes on documents they are creating or papers they are writing.
- Travel Arrangements
Conferences are a big part of my older brother’s life. It seems that as soon as he returns from one he receives news of the next one. Travel arrangements can be a headache for anyone, but if you are in the middle of a semester (with everything that entails) the aggravation is real. Not to be forgotten is expense tracking. Compensation depends on records, so keeping those records straight is a priority.
- Administrative Work
The applications of administrative work can be found in almost every field. Academia is no exception. Things that are needed are appointment scheduling (I am POSITIVE that every teacher should be provided with a personal assistant), data entry, and PowerPoints. There are other things to consider as well. Academics might have their own websites that need managing, books that need proofreading and editing, or side businesses that they are managing.
Virtual assistants have skills and technologies at their service to use in the service of others. How could you benefit?