If you are looking for a rewarding career that you can get started with quickly, then you might want to consider court reporting. You don't need a four-year degree to start a court reporting career, and you can usually get started with your career in just two years. You do need certain personality traits to be successful as a court reporter. Read on to learn what they are.
As a court reporter, you are going to be spending long hours sitting still and transcribing everything that goes on around you. This means that you have to be able to concentrate on what is being said by multiple speakers without having your mind wander.
You also need to be a speedy typist because you have to keep up with what is being said. Thankfully, during your court reporting classes, you will learn a special type of shorthand called stenography that will allow you to capture the words. By the time you graduate, you will be able to capture dialogue at 225 words per minute which are what you will need to be able to do to get a job.
It is very important that you have excellent grammar skills. You have to have a strong command of the English language to be a good court reporter. You need an excellent vocabulary because you have to be able to recognize words when they are being spoken. You also need to know some basic legal terminology so you can recognize those words faster.
You have to be able to spell because you need to record the words accurately. You also have to be a very fast typist. There are other skills you are going to need as well. It is very important that you be able to show up to work on time and you have to be extremely punctual. Court cases start on time, and you can't ever be late since you are in charge of doing all the recording. Being punctual is crucial.
You also have to maintain a professional attitude, and you need a calm personality because the courtroom can get heated and you don't want to lose your cool which means you lose your concentration. You need to stay calm no matter what the circumstances are. Confidence is another trait you need if you want to do well as a court reporter.
Dennis M. Irving