If you are interested in becoming a court reporter in and for the state of New Mexico, then you likely want to be employed as fast as you possibly can. However, quickness is not always the best way to go.
While it is fine to want to get started as soon as possible, you also have to make sure that you are doing everything you need to do and learning everything you need to learn in order to ensure a long and successful career in the field.
While there is no possible or legitimate way that you can do this overnight, there are, of course, a few ways to speed up the educational process.
The first is simply to be properly prepared for your education. Far too many people enter into the field without a clear idea of what it is they wish to do in it or, even worse, without realizing that there are a multitude of ways in which court reporters can choose to work.
To avoid wasting your valuable time, money, and effort, have a clear plan of what you want to do, know what requirements you will need to fulfill in order to get there, and then choose an educational program that will get you there.
A good educational program should, above all else, be fully accredited by the state. You have to be especially careful of this with online schools. While there are lots of wonderful online programs out there, there are also a lot of scams and, as such, you have to be careful and selective in the choosing process.
You cannot earn an actual degree from an unaccredited school, and any certificate or other “award” that is granted to you by such an institution is essentially a very useless and usually a very expensive piece of paper.
With that said, one of the quickest ways to achieve your education is through online schooling. The reason for this is because you can work at your own pace. You set your own hours with these programs, and you work from the comfort and security of your own home.
There is absolutely no reason to be afraid of online schools as long as you take the steps necessary to protect yourself from possible fraud and scams. The bottom line is research—you have to do your research to choose the right online program.
Another alternative to a traditional four year college or university and to online schooling is to choose a community college. Community colleges offer associate’s degrees, which are most commonly earned in around two years. However, if you have a lot of time and energy to devote to your schooling, you can get the job done in far less time than this.
Another plus to community colleges is that they tend to be very local, making commuting easy, and they are typically designed with working adults and/or parents in mind, making it easy to balance the other demands in your life with the pursuit of an education.
For some people, trade and technical schools are also a viable option. These schools typically do not grant degrees, but they can give you the training and skills necessary to succeed in the field.
Of course, this kind of training will not be suitable for every job within the court reporting field, but they do work and work well for many. Simply do what is right for you and for the job that you wish to have, and you absolutely cannot end up going wrong.