(Male, Age 30) from New York, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Transcriber
Salary $24,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 30
Company Size (not answered)
Location New York, NY
Years Experience 1 year

Career Ratings

Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)

Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a media transcription company, transcribing taped interviews for various media and corporate projects.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Transcribing tapes verbatim, checking/proofreading

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Reasonably well – the flexibility is the important thing

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
It’s fairly solo — I talk to managers about questions but mostly work on my own.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 8
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 6
Supervisors: 5
Job Title: 3
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 4

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am
8am to 9am
9am to 10am Typed out two transcripts, both media – one for a network and one for another company.
10am to 11am Finished the second transcript and left for a while.
11am to 12pm
12pm to 1pm
1pm to 2pm Started typing more network transcripts
2pm to 3pm Continued typing
3pm to 4pm Continued typing, started a new one.
4pm to 5pm Continued typing
5pm to 6pm Finished my transcripts for the day.
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Backstage Magazine

What was the application process?
Submitted resume

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes — mostly informational interview, and then later I had to do a sample transcription as a test

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Mostly my background and my goals.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, I felt well-prepared by this training, and by my previous experience.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Some, yes. I had a day of training on their various methodologies. I had worked a similar job before so I didn’t need a whole lot. And then several weeks of doing transcriptions and having someone look over them.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Somewhat — I have a wide variety of background and I keep up with the news, which is what many of the media stories relate to. But it’s not exactly my field (theatre).

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Not applicable

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Learn to type quickly, and good grammar/spelling skills, primarily. A wide variety of knowledge is also helpful. And then apply to various agencies around town.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Again, typing skills are most important, and basic computer skills, grammar/proofreading/spelling for accuracy. Also good listening skills help.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Somewhat. It’s a lot easier to transcribe if you have a basic knowledge of various terminology and a decent education

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Type everything verbatim and accuracy is more important than speed

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Not really, but it keeps me going while I pursue my real career. I don’t think many people are career transcribers.

What are your current career goals?
To make a full-time living as an actor.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Nothing I can think of.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Transcriber 3 months $.80/page Media transcription of tapes
Prior Job 2 Online marketer 1 month $11/hr I was hired for a month to market a movie online, via chat rooms and the Internet.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.8

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.4 Whitman College Theatre, BA
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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