Hi. I am a current court reporting student at South Coast College. Todd, I really appreciate your blog and follow it very closely. After high school, I went to an automotive college to learn the ins and outs of cars and eventually became a dealership technician. Needless to say, I left that industry. It was a great experience, but my heart wasn`t in it. So, I decided to look for something else. It wasn`t until I read an article about great careers most people don`t know about, that I came across the wonderful world of court reporting. I can also honestly say that your blog helped me make the decision to give it a shot. I`ve been a student here now since November of last year. 8 months in and so far, I`m lovin` it. I am slowly realizing the great amounts of focus and determination required to make it through school in a timely fashion. During my short time so far at this school, I`ve already seen people come and go. It seems that they become discouraged by the amount of practice that`s required (even from the very beginning). You`re definitely right about it not being for the faint-of-heart. However, I`ve also spoken to other students who are in the higher speeds, and they all say the same thing, All those dreaded hours practicing in the stenomaster lab are definitely worth it. So far, my excitement for this career has remained strong, and I can safely say it`s the challenge after failing a test that keeps it that way (ironic; right?). So I guess I`d say (and sure that you`d agree) that the keys to success are practice, practice, and most importantly, practice. Thanks, Todd, for keeping students like me updated on the industry trends so that we know what to expect when school`s over. I hope this testimonial helps to give some insight to those considering this career.
Comment by Adam B.
I am looking for an affordable online college for court reporting. Any suggestions?
Comment by stephanie wheeler
Thanks for your advice and for an insightful article. I am considering becoming a court reporter and am actually thinking about attending South Coast College as well. I have also thought about becoming a teacher, but I know lots of teachers are getting laid off right now and it`s probably not a good time for that. I am currently working at a law firm doing reception work and am enjoying my time here. Seeing court reporters come and go for depositions made me think about the possibility of getting involved in that field. However, I wonder if I should follow logic and try to do something rational that will pay the bills, or if I should follow my passions and my heart (even if it may not end in a stable career for me, or I may have to struggle more). So... that is what I am wrestling with right now. Anyway, thanks for providing an article that helps me get an idea of what I may be getting myself into. I really appreciate it!
Comment by Nicole
Comment by Michael
On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most accurate, I`d give this blog an 11. I had the fortunate luck of excelling through the early speeds within my first couple quarters of speed am and now in my third quarter of speed and just hit 160. I have come to realize that this kind of progress is far from the norm but rather the exception to the status quo.
With that said, I find myself being inspired daily by students who have been in 60-80 for multiple quarters and rather than getting discouraged and quitting like so many before them, they just keep on practicing away. I guarantee that no one told them at the outset of school what a difficult endeavor this will be, yet they continue to persevere, and I hope to walk in to school every day to see their names on our announcement board with a passing test.
Should there come a time in which I am in one speed for multiple quarters, I will look to these students for motivation.
how much is the cost of schooling to become a court reporter, on the average
Comment by rachel sciacca
I am looking for an online Stenography school. I live in Montana & am looking for a challenge & change in my professional life. All my children are now out of the house & I can focus on my education. Any suggestions for a good, qualified, online court reporting school?
Comment by Ruth Long
Please consider the financial ramifications if one does not successfully graduate from stenography school. I plateaued at 180wpm and was asked to leave after not passing tests for two consecutive quarters. I face owing a staggering amount of $50,000, which is broken down to $450 per month for years to come. All new students should realize that this vocational degree takes talent and skill and there is a 95% failure rate.
Comment by Rebecca
Rebecca is right on.. I attended court reporting school for one year.. There is a 95% failure rating which I wish I would have known about.. Also the cost is ridiculous.. I owe 13,000 in school loans in just a year.. That`s not including books, steno machine etc.. I would highly recommend not choosing this career path.
Comment by Heather