Who would hire a CR student fresh outta school? or a voice writer, which i am.
I am done in October BUT it will be here before you know it! I have got anxiety so bad about finding jobs!.....GOOD jobs that is
I don't know about voice writers, but most companies are not interested in employing someone without experience and even experienced reporters are scrambling for work. Your best bet is to try to find a mentor.
I went to stenotype school for a total of two years in the '70s. I had no life while I was going to school. After I would get up at 5:30 a.m., get dressed, drive to school, come home, eat dinner, practice my drills and speed, I would have to go to sleep and do it all over again the next day. LOL
I would hate to read the transcripts today that I produced when I got out of school then. Some things are just not possible to teach, like accented speech, hard-to-hear speakers, VARIETY of transcript formats, technical subject matters, et cetera.
Where I gained the depth of my experience was working in-house at a busy court reporting company, learning from seasoned veterans in the industry. We didn't have Google or the Internet back then to look up unfamiliar terminiology.
Forums like this are truly a great tool. I enjoy networking with others about comma conundrums and word spellings, especially.
Becoming proficient in any field takes time, but one thing for sure, the more I know in this industry, the more I realize how much I don't know. I am still learning today. ;)
Don't get discouraged. I can't really speak for how many voice writer jobs there are out there, but I'm a new reporter and I've been getting work. It took me a couple weeks of being totally serious and trying lots of places (after a few weeks of not being very serious,) but I now have two firms that I'm working for. I'm not getting as much work as I want yet, but everyone is telling me they're slow right now. But there are places that will hire new reporters. In fact, some like the fact that you're willing to learn things their way instead of being stuck in your ways and not willing to change. Also, all firms have those super short jobs that don't pay a whole lot that their more experienced reporters don't want to take. If you always accept a job when it's offered, they're way more likely to keep calling you. My best advice is to start calling around and making contacts about a month before you'll be ready to start working and offer to intern with them. You'll find work.. don't stress yourself out. You have to focus focus focus in your last few months! Good luck.