Do you have strong typing skills and a sharp sense of hearing? Then, the choice to train for a new career as a court reporter could be the right step for you. But how do you choose the school that works for you? Read on to learn about what you should look for in a court reporting program.
- Experienced Instructors
Look for instructors who are experienced in the field that they’re teaching. For example, in a court reporting program, the instructors should be people who actually work or have recently worked as court reporters. That way, you’ll receive tips from instructors who have been there and will be able to provide you with real-world examples of the best ways to work with your stenography machine and real-time captioning software.
- Hands-On Training
Especially in a court reporting program, you will want to choose a school that offers you the ability to work hands on with stenography machines and real-time captioning software. Your internship experience will also give you quite a bit of on the job experience.
- Up-to-Date Technologies
In court reporting, the technologies have changed and real-time court reporting and captioning is the training you’ll need in order to succeed. When you train in Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), you can broaden your potential career horizons to work in hospitals, as a closed-captioner, or in a business setting.
- A Variety of Courses
Make sure that the curriculum for your program requires a number of general studies classes as well, so you stay up to date across the board in your learning, including writing, communication, and computer technologies. The professional studies classes should also vary and give you an understanding of all aspects of the court reporting field. If you’ve completed your general studies elsewhere, look for a program that allows you to easily transfer your credits.
Typically, a court reporting program can take about 2 years to complete. Each student learns at a different pace, so talk to an admissions advisor about the average time their students take to complete the program. Be sure to also ask about tutoring and mentor programs as help from instructors and fellow students is a key to your success.
Cost is usually a crucial deciding factor when it comes to going back to school. Luckily, at New York Career Institute (NYCI), we offer financial aid to those who qualify. We have advisors who can help you understand the FAFSA application, other financial aid options such as grants or loans and no interest payment plans.
If you want to get started on the path to success as a court reporter, call (212) 962-0002 to learn more about New York Career Institute now.