My first year on the job went by so fast, but with MANY bumps along the way. Needless to say, I overwhelmed myself with work, got burned out, rejuvenated myself, and now there's not much work to be had in my area. I guess that's how it goes.

I definitely LIKE court reporting. I'm so looking forward to the day that I LOVE it. As a student I never realized how much work it would require. At school I'd transcribe a couple of times a week. It'd be a ten page transcript at that. I was not prepared for the 400 pages I'd have to transcribe in 20 days. First the expectation, then the realization, then the shock hit me. Whoo. Now I'm a little more prepared for those three, four day trials that appeal. Isn't it lovely.

I finally decided to hire a scopist, and I guess I'm like the only CR who didn't use one. I'm looking forward to being able to carry a heavier work load with the extra help I've got. I'M STILL LOOKING FOR A PROOFER!!! If you are a proofer and are looking for work, please leave me a message or send me an email.

Other than that, I know I have a TON to learn and would love to make nice with some court reporters in my area. I need a court reporter meetup in Sac or something. That would be great.

Peace and blessings to all you guys!

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Comment by Julie Samford on August 18, 2009 at 9:50
Hi Naomi! I felt the same way when I was a new reporter. When they tell you you get to set your own hours, they don't tell you that what that really means is you get to pick which 18 hours per day you'll work! I'm glad you've already learned that you have to take care of yourself. I think getting a scopist is a great idea, and it will make your life and your career much more enjoyable. Good luck!


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