New Hampshire residents who have a real interest in becoming court reporters often realize that they will need to get a good education in order to succeed in the field. They often wonder, though, what constitutes a good education, which schools are the best options for court reporters, and, perhaps most importantly, how to get into those good schools.
In truth, almost any school can be good or bad. It is really all about what you make it and how much you put into it. In terms of getting into school, though, there are a quite a few things that you will need to keep in mind.
First of all, before you even start worrying about which schools are the best and/or how to get into them, you need to really sit down and research the court reporting field in order to make sure that it is the right and best possible choice for you.
Far too many people enter into court reporting for the wrong reasons, because it pays well or because it offers excellent job security, and not because they really know much about the nature of the work or how well suited they are to it. This, more often than not, just ends in disappointment.
Therefore, before you start making any plans or asking any big questions about schooling, do your research and get familiar with the field itself. If, after your research, you still think a career in court reporting is right for you, then it is time to start looking at the different jobs available in the field.
Most people do not fully realize the wide range of different capacities in which court reporters can work. They can be employed by the court system, which is the most common type of employment, or, alternately, they may be employed by lawyers, judges, or other legal professionals.
They may choose to work as stenographic court reporters, electronic court reporters, voice court reporters, or a wide range of other professions in the field. Each job will have its own unique requirements for entry. Therefore, it is imperative that you know what job you wish to have and what the educational and/or training requirements are for that job long before you start planning your education or worrying about how to get into the school of your choice.
It is only once all of your plans are in order that you should start looking at schools and programs. The most important thing, of course, is that you find a school and program that matches up with your individual career goals. A person interested in being a voice court reporter, for example, would not get much use out of a program geared toward stenographic court reporters.
You will also need to make doubly sure that any school you attend is fully accredited. This is especially true with online schools, since there are a lot of scams out there unfortunately. As long as a school is accredited and offers the program you need to succeed, though, it is really just a matter of finding the best fit for you.
There is no way to say for sure who will get into what programs. However, having good grades in high school can help you a lot. If you earned a high school degree’s equivalent, doing well in that program is also important. A good, high quality essay and application will also help you immensely.
Keep in mind that it is usually wise to apply to your top choices, of course, but also to keep a few backup or safety schools in mind as well.