Being a very fast growing career path worldwide, working as a transcriber seems like an enticing idea for many. Since it doesn’t require specialized training and due to various other reasons, many people are turning to this opportunity, to become either a full-time or part time transcriber. From college students to housewives, retired people to even full-time workers, there are a lot of people waiting to get started.
In any case, being a transcriber is not a game. It is still a job after all and depending of what kind of work you will be dealing with, it may be quite important. It is therefore necessary to know about a few things before diving head-on and search for a job. Some of these points may be quite obvious, while some might not be so. Nevertheless, you should be careful if you are looking at landing a decent job, or else you might get turned down.
• Have Good Typing Speed – This is pretty much an essential requirement if you are looking at any job which involves typing or if you want to provide any typing services. If you think you are too slow, then you might be better off practising some more. Keeping your hands properly on the keyboard is also important, since it will both make your typing faster as well as avoid putting undue strain on your hands and arms. Additionally, a transcriber should also practise with a foot pedal, which allows you to speed up or slow down the recording you are transcribing.
• Good Language Skills – The other required skill to have is a good command of the language, particularly in regards to pronunciation, listening and overall vocabulary. You need to know good grammar and spellings, since you will be writing down everything on your own! Knowledge in additional languages can be an advantage if you plan on dealing with foreign clients, but is generally not necessary.
• Getting started – Now, there are two ways to get started. The first one is to work independently and the second is to work under a company. Both freelancing and company work have their own advantages and disadvantages, and various companies have different requirements for joining and how work should be done. Be also aware that companies tend to prefer professionals with a good working background and some experience in the field. If you are relatively new and have no experience, it is better to start as a general transcriber, since it relatively easy compared to other advanced fields. Some of them even required specific knowledge to begin with. For example, you can work for a medical transcription New Zealand only if you possess a good vocabulary when it comes to medical and technical terms.
• A little training can help you – Even though transcribing is generally considered as being doable without training, a little of it won’t do any harm. Being generally good with computers and various software is an added advantage, and it may be that little edge you need to secure a job.