It is no secret that if you want to succeed as a court reporter in the state of Nevada, you are going to need to embark upon some serious educational training. Only the best of the best get hired for these highly competitive positions, and the “best” are usually those who have strong educational backgrounds.
You may be wondering, though, what the best schools are in the state and which ones will propel you to success the fastest. The truth is, though, that the school isn’t what will make you successful. Instead, it is your commitment to your schooling and how hard you are willing to work to accomplish your career goals.
With that said, however, there are some guidelines to keep in mind. First and foremost, before you even think about setting foot inside a court reporting classroom, you need to have a clear idea of exactly what it is that you wish to do in the field. Contrary to popular belief, not all court reporters are the same or have the same job responsibilities.
There are actually a number of different capacities in which you can choose to work as a court reporter. As such, it is imperative that you have a clear idea of what you wish to do within the field and of what its specific job requirements are. That way, you can plan your entire education and/or training around the career that you want.
You also must be certain that any school that you attend is fully accredited. This applies to community colleges and junior colleges, to trade and technical schools, to traditional colleges and universities, and, most importantly, to online schools. While there are a lot of good online schools out there, there are also a lot of unaccredited, illegitimate ones giving the good ones a bad name.
Make sure you check the accreditation status of any school and/or program, but be especially mindful of online schools. Know that you cannot earn a legitimate degree from an unaccredited school and that, in the end, attending one of these unworthy institutions will just cost you wasted time, money, and effort, and a lot of disappointment.
One of the best and smartest things you can do as a prospective court reporter is to attend a school that has been certified by the National Court Reporters Association. A certification from this organization is basically a stamp of approval for the school. It says that this very important board feels that the program teaches prospective court reporters everything that they need to know in order to enjoy long and very successful careers in the field.
In Nevada, the only certified college is Las Vegas College, which is located in Henderson. Keep in mind, however, that even if this particular school is not a viable option for you, many National Court Reporters Association certified schools offer online programs, and the joy of online programs is that you do not have to be anywhere near the organization in order to take advantage of its programs.
If a certified school is not in your future, don’t worry. There are still a lot of good schools out there that can give you the skills you need for success.
Do always remember, however, that even if you get into the finest school for court reporting in America, that won’t mean much of anything if you are not willing to commit yourself fully to the work. The harder you work, the more success you will have in the long run. This is true no matter what school you attend.