There are misconceptions in the world today that success has to be utterly transformative or result in a six-figure salary or be about creating a business empire that changes the world.
None of that is remotely true!
Often, success is simply steering your life in the direction you want to go and being open-minded about where you end up. Success is a series of small daily wins that lead to you being able to sleep through the night without worry! Isn't a night free of worry a win we could all use more of?
Today Megan shares her story with us and we learn that success is being open to the new and interesting paths that life offers to us and that relying on ourselves is the greatest form of success.
I originally went to college for journalism, but the college I chose did not work out for me.
I decided to go to community college, where I received an associate's degree as an administrative specialist, and I spent 14 years working at a urology office as a patient service representative.
I took a required transcription course for one semester at community college and fell in love with it! But at the time, the only opportunities were in medical and legal, and my lack of experience kept me from getting hired.
The most valuable thing I learned in the course is recognizing that people do not speak grammatically correct English and punctuation is crucial to making a transcript readable.
I was working within a month! I finished the course in mid-September and by mid-October I was hired by a company as a subcontractor.
The advice I would give is to study the course material. If you have questions, ask. The FB group is very helpful. The grads are able to answer a lot of questions, and when they couldn't, Marsha would give great advice and answers.
The best tip I can give is to take breaks when you get discouraged and go back to the course with a fresh mind.
A great transcriptionist needs to be able to learn new things, go with the flow of the company you work for, and meet deadlines on time.
My favorite thing about being a transcriptionist is having the ability to work from home and get out of the everyday hustle and bustle.
My greatest strength is being able to work independently and not rely on other people.
I'm proud of myself for being motivated to work from home. And I'm proud to be hired by two companies after just finishing the course.
What separates a ho-hum transcriptionist from an excellent one? Is there even a demand for transcription? Who hires transcriptionists?
Can anyone be a transcriptionist?
Get the answers to all these questions and more by enrolling in my free introductory course, Transcription Foundations.
For our legal transcription mini-course, click here.