Do you have some sort of business woman special?

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I haven’t been this excited (or this nerdy) about something in a very, VERY long time.

Today I registered for an online training course to become a digital legal transcriptionist.  Yes, its a real thing, even though as I typed the word “transcriptionist” it was automatically underlined in red as a misspelled word.  I do NOT misspell words.  That is why this is the perfect job for me.

Let me tell you how I came to find this potential career of mine.

After a long fight with myself, I finally decided that it would be best if I visited a therapist.  My emotions have been so up and down for a while but around Thanksgiving is when it got really bad.  I was feeling hopeless and useless and just ready to throw in the towel.  It scared me because I’d never felt THAT bad before.  So I made an appointment.  I owed it to my family to try to find some sanity in this crazy season of my life.

So far I’ve been to visit him 3 times now and during the last visit we talked about the importance of me finding something in my life that could give me a little perspective.  He suggested getting a part time job and asked me what my skills were and what I may like to do.  Hmm…well let me think.  I worked as a hostess at 4 different restaurants, a line cook at a Subway-style Mexican restaurant (“Welcome to Moe’s!”), a checker at a grocery store, and then I started having kids.  And kept having kids.  Do I want to go back to work with a bunch of teenagers who may or may not have dropped out of high school yet as a 30 year old woman?  Let’s keep thinking.

This week I racked my brain for something I could put to good use (besides dance) and suddenly as we were binge watching the show Suits, it hit me.  I need to be a Court Reporter.  I love typing and drama.  The next day I called an attorney friend of mine and clumsily asked him if he had an opening like that.  He explained that they didn’t actually employ their own reporter but gave me the name of someone to call.  Well, to be brief, the 7th Judicial district (the court district that I live in) houses 10 counties and employs ONE court reporter.  But that’s beside the point.  To be a Certified Court Reporter, I’d need to be CERTIFIED.  So I started looking into it.

In my search I came across a job opening that was hiring for Legal Transcriptionists who want to work from home, can type 70+ wpm (oh please, I’ve got this in the bag), and have an AAERT certificate.  Huh?

I looked up AAERT: American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers.  Apparently there is a whole association of nerds like me.  I contacted their membership liaison, Sherry, and had a very nice conversation with her about the joys of a career in the field legal and medical transcription, which she’s been a part of for over 30 years.  After learning about my “situation” she encouraged me to check out a certain website that offered a great training course to prepare you to take the AAERT’s certification exam.

And here we are.  I am now enrolled in the International Institute for Transcribers and Court Reporters’ Legal Transcriptionist course.  For the next 6 weeks, I will be learning all about secure, organized file storage, homonyms, ei vs ie words and their exceptions, the proper uses of the comma, colon, semicolon, hyphen, italics, and dashes, as well as medical and legal terminology and so much more.  I just want to say, you had me at organized file storage.

Is it possible that thinking about learning more about the proper use of the English language and then getting to type it out really fast is actually make me love my children more?  I feel like a real adult!  I may not be able to sleep tonight thinking about my foot pedal and headset arriving in the mail next week.  Maybe my shrink was right about getting some perspective.

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15 thoughts on “Do you have some sort of business woman special?

  1. Hooray. I really think that learning new skills and education are such great ways to find your way out of a slump. You’ll do a great job. I can’t wait to hear all about your program, so keep us posted.

  2. I LOVE the title of this post 🙂 Haha. Now you just need to get a pant suit. I’m so happy for you Whit, and I hope you have found your passion. But do me a favor and don’t correct my grammar all the time. 😉 Just kidding, actually I would like to know all that stuff too. You are Columbus and I am the new world, discover me Ramone, discover me.

  3. Hi! Can you give us an update and a review on this course? I cannot find a single review online about it..and I’m really thinking about going that route as well …thanks!

    • Hi krystle! Yes I would love to do a whole post about this. But until it get around to that, I’ll just let you know my impression of it. I really enjoyed the course, I think the information was applicable if you plan on pursuing it as a career. Some of it I thought was busy work, like typing out vocabulary lists, but I still like doing that sort of thing 🙂 the only thing is that I wish in the end you were actually a certified legal transcriptionist. Pretty much the course is just preparation for taking a cert. exam, and i have yet to decide the best way to go for the exam (there are a couple options and I don’t understand them). I’d love to hear what you decide to do and how it goes!

      • I do agree that it would be nice if you could get certification from this course. I’ve been calling the AAERT just to ask a few questions, and haven’t gotten any of my calls returned.I went ahead and made my first payment for the course today, I’m pretty excited, but also a little nervous because your blog about IITCR, is the ONLY mention I’ve seen online about it from an actual student. The lack of reviews makes me a little bit uneasy about spending money on it, as I know someone who spent a couple thousand on a course for medical transcribing, then after she graduated she found out that particular course wasn’t recognized anywhere. Though the IITCR says they have good job placement, but again, there’s no testimony from actual students to back this claim up. It’s kind of odd how there is literally no info. Also their facebook has no reviews from students either. Well I just hope this course is as good as it sounds, because I’m committed to it now lol.

      • If it helps, I DID talk to someone at AAERT before I signed up for the course and she’s the one who recommended it to me as the best preparation for their certification exam. And as I was looking around online for transcription jobs, many of them require an AAERT certification before they’ll hire you. So I think you’re moving in the right direction!! Best of luck 🙂

  4. Hey Ladies

    Thank you both for posting. Like Krystle, your blog is the only information I could find. I would love to hear from both of you.

    Do you mind me asking if you are from the US or Canada? Have either of you taken the certification exam from AAERT? Have you been able to get any employment?

    Any and all input is sincerely appreciated.

    Thank you and best of luck for a wonderful future!

    Janette

    • Hi Jeanette, it’s sort of ironic that you commented today because I’ve been trying to apply for jobs all day online. I’m from the US. In answer to your question, I have not taken the AAERT exam. The more I think about it the less I think it’s necessary, but then again I haven’t gotten a job yet so I could be wrong 🙂 as far as I’m concerned unless a job posting requires AAERT certification I don’t want to spend the money required to do it. You have to be a member for one year before you can even take the exam and then you pay for the study materials and the test and travel to the nearest testing center. So for now I’m just applying for jobs and calling law firms and we’ll see where that gets me 🙂 I’m writing from my phone so I apologize if this isn’t a very professional response. Best of luck! I’ll post again when I have some new leads or success!

    • So I have, since last posting, worked for two different online transcription companies. the first time I completed the job and submitted it but after 6 hours of work I realized I was only going to make $20, so I told the employer I couldn’t do it. Recently I was asked to work for another company but after the first assignment I realized I may be a little too “soft” for this job. After about 10 F-words I decided it’s probably not going to get any “nicer” in this field. Plus, again, the pay sucks. Whether you get paid by the page or by minute of audio it still takes way too long to be worth it, in my opinion. Maybe I haven’t found the right job? Good luck everyone!

      • wjmckee83, I have had the same experiences but I keep trying to find work that ends up paying more than $10/day because I have spent so much money already on IITCR and supplies. I cannot lose hope! Continued good luck to you.

  5. I eventually decided to enroll in Canscribe Career College for medical transcribing rather then IITCR. Although legal transcribing would be more interesting for me, I know that medical transcribing is where the money is. My mom graduated from Canscribe and works for a company she loves, and makes decent money.

  6. This is a great blog post! Thank you for writing about your experience with IITCR.

    There is a mention by user “We” on December 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm regarding “job placement” and I wanted to clarify that we do offer hundreds of job leads to each one of our students upon successful completion of their course. We do not promise “job placement” as it is each student’s responsibility to obtain their own employment after graduation.

    We wish you the best with your career!

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