11/1/2020 3 Comments
Adventures in Steno: Week Three
Now that I’m three weeks into the NCRA course, I can say I’m 100% hooked. I’m sure this is a career path that I want to take and am incredibly excited about all the possibilities. This week in class, we had another guest speaker, a long-time court official in the Twin Cities. It was enjoyable to listen to her perspective and get some encouragement as well. There’s another “mature” student in my class who asked if it’s too late to get started. The other student is also in her early 50s. Our guest was extremely encouraging because she mentioned how important life experience can be in this line of work. I certainly have seen this in my scoping work, so I know it will be valid for stenography as well.
I realized that I haven’t really explained everything that’s been happening in the A to Z class, so on this blog, I will try to do that a bit. Here’s how our class is structured:
That’s it for this week! I will leave you with a couple of quick Amazon recommendations today. These are affiliate links, so thanks for checking them out!
11/2/2020 09:58:29 pm
I was 35 when I started to learn stenography.
12/7/2020 09:33:01 pm
Hi, Christine! I saw your post about this blog in the PA Graduate Huddle group, and I just had to check it out! I've always considered court reporting, but I was a bit turned off by the length of time the training would take (thus I took the PA TPTP course!). However, it may be time for a true career pivot, so I'm still looking at court reporting. Would you say it takes about two years to get to the point where you're ready to take on real jobs? I'm going to the next A to Z course. How robust is the iPad app? Is it better to rent a machine? Thanks!
Christine B. Smith
12/8/2020 10:43:29 am
Hi, Lindsay! I've heard that people can and do complete training (get up to 225 speed) in two years, but I understand this to be the exception more than the rule. The training ends up being very individualized because everyone has different strengths. It also depends on how many hours per week you can practice. The hard-core learners are on their machines 4+ hours per day. The iPad app is not helpful in my opinion to truly get a feel for what writing is like. The real writers let you actually press the keys, and get your fingers set up on them. I will tell you Stenograph probably doesn't have any student rentals right now. They didn't for me. My local school had loaners. Your A to Z program may be able to help you connect with someone in your area who can loan you a writer! Good luck!
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