Interview with Emily Cooper

With a passion for travel, Emily Cooper has recently emigrated to Singapore from her home in Sydney, Australia.

Having worked in various jobs across multiple continents, Emily has used her diverse experience to start her own Virtual Assistant company. theadminassistant globally provides individuals and businesses with remote daily administrative solutions .

Q1 What was your first job (part time and full time)?
My first part-time job was as a pot-washer in the kitchen of a cabaret theatre. And my first full-time job in an office was as a Customer Advisor at The Automobile Association in the UK. Both are jobs I’d rather not have to do again!

Q2 How did you spend your first pay cheque?
Definitely on CD’s – how times have changed! My first CD was Alanis Morisette, Jagged Little Pill.

Q3 What are you doing now? 
I have recently started my own business as a Virtual Assistant, and I am loving it! I provide professional administrative support to individuals and businesses, all from the comfort of my own home.

Q4 If you weren’t a {career}, what would you like to be?
If I wasn’t a VA, I’d like to be a Professional Organiser. Or a travel photographer…

Q5 Do you believe that volunteering is a valuable experience in a professional career? Why?
Absolutely. Aside from being able to help others less fortunate than yourself and gain personal experience, I believe that volunteering also provides an important perspective and grounding for any professional career.

Q6 What motivates you?
Deadlines! I work well under pressure. Although doing things that I enjoy also gets me going, and I’m lucky enough to have a very enjoyable life.

Q7 Who is the business leader/entrepreneur you most admire, and why? 
Having recently started my own business, I have a new respect for entrepreneurs. I find Richard Branson to be extremely interesting – the guy just doesn’t stop! He has more businesses than you can poke a stick at, but came from humble beginnings.

Q8 How do you achieve a work-life balance?
By ensuring that I get out of the house! Working from home can make it hard to separate work from life, but exercise, reading, travelling and spending time with friends all help to give me balance.

Q9 What is the best piece of advice you have received?
In terms of business it would have to be: run your own race. No one out there has an identical business to you; you can make your own mark.

Q10 What book are you reading now?
Shantaram by Gregory Roberts – a gift from my sister for Christmas.

Trilingual Career Coach & Recruiter with experience across Europe and Asia Pacific. She is also a speaker for workshops on resume writing, job searching tips, and interview techniques. She travels frequently but you can stay in touch with Eleanor via

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