Career Step Graduate Review: Kim Wozniak

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Hello, my name is Kimberley Wozniak and I reside in Wilmington, NC, with my sweet husband, Bob. I am a mom to 3 wonderful adult kids and am also blessed to have 5 grandchildren and 3 little great-grandchildren. I am a graduate of the Career Step Medical Transcription and Editor Program.

In June of 2011, the company I worked for closed. I was 54 years old and had some physical limitations. I had to figure out what to do for future employment. I had worked over 30 years in manufacturing and I was ready for a change. When I graduated from high school, I really wanted to be a nurse because I love helping people. I was not very fond of science and when I tested for college my assessment exam stated I would make a great auto mechanic! At any rate, I decided maybe nursing was not what I was meant to do. When pondering my new career choices, I felt that doing medical transcription just might be my answer for a perfect job. I would be helping people, I wouldn’t have to be on my feet all day, and my job could travel with me wherever my computer was.

I dove right into the program. I had aspirations of being able to complete it quickly. I knew it would be hard, but I was going to give it my best shot. I started school in November 2011. My goal at the time was 6 months to completion. Well 6 months rolled around and I was nowhere close to being done. I was diligent and determined to persevere. School became my full-time job. When I felt discouraged, I would check the forums and realize I was not the only one struggling.  When it was time to take the final, I gave it my best shot. It was February 2013. I passed the Objective with 93% but missed the Practicum by just 1%, so I took the final 2 more times. I did lots of reports and got lots of editor feedback. It was hard work. I remained diligent, and I passed the course in early May. I could not have passed without the help of Mary Louise in Skills Assessment. I really wanted to get honors or high honors, but I missed those marks.

Right after I graduated, I plunged into the job search. I wrote my resume and submitted it for review by Career Step and tweaked it some more. I read the tutorials in Placement Direct and used all of the other tools provided. First, I went through the Employer List for companies that hire for employee status. Some companies require grads with honors or high honors, so I skipped over them. Then I started on the list for ICs and looked at, MT, and a lot of other sites.  With every company, I studied their website and customized my resume and cover letter. I tested whenever I could. Some companies disqualified me before I even tested. Some didn’t respond so I had to follow up. By now it was mid-June and I had sent out over 80 resumes. I had made this job search a full-time job! I was SO discouraged.

Finally, I found a job! Full-time IC with VERSIO by ScribeRight! I have now been working as an MT independent contractor for just over 2 weeks and I LOVE it! This is the best job ever! During the interview process with my team leader, she kept telling me how this company really likes to give Career Step graduates a shot as they are so well trained and they become great transcriptionists. The requirements for this company are 800 lines per day.  I am not quite there yet, but my speed and accuracy increase each day. I am assigned dictators. I pull from a pool, and every report I type goes through a QA filter. There is always someone available to answer questions. During my first week of work I was out of state, visiting family. Talk about portability! My TL tells me she sees me progressing more quickly than most new hires. I should be off filter in the next few weeks, and then I can make my own hours as long as I make my quota. The company also has incentive programs if you are consistent with production and quality.

I want to encourage everyone who has not taken the final yet or is currently seeking employment to keep on fighting the fight! Make sure to use all of the resources that Career Step offers to help you make it work: the forums, Graduate Services, etc. Just remember, sometimes things do not happen as quickly as we would like, but we must keep putting our best foot forward. I never gave up and now I have the most flexible, rewarding and meaningful job of my life. You can do it, too!

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  1. Julia September 24, 2013

    Thank-u so much for your insite to this course! I also am a grandmother and a retired RN after 30+ yrs. I was caring for my elderly mother when she became really ill and I have now restarted the program. I am beginning PartII Oct 2. Like u I have found things didn’t go as fast as I would like..Good to hear of your stamina and finally A JOB! I live in Asheville and your story has helped a lot!

  2. Kristine September 25, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing your story.  I am also in my 50s, and have been struggling through the course.  You have truly inspired me to keep going and not give up.

  3. Rcel Duarte September 25, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Kimberly! It truly made me more motivated and encouraged. I am taking the MTE Program right now and it’s only been over a month since I started. I have been feeling overwhelmed with the modules that I am in as I try so very hard to manage my time being a mom to 1 year old and 7 years old daughters; the older I am homeschooling. I shall think of your experience every time I feel so negative and down and I hope to follow your step soon.

  4. Jacquelyn September 25, 2013

    Congrats Kimberley! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Ilene September 26, 2013

    Congratulations Kim! I have been a transcriptionist for doctors offices but never at home and this course is helping me refresh after a lay-off.  I have been a transcriptionist for 15 years and I have been studying with Career Step for three weeks now. Being away from transcription for just six months has been awful! I can’t wait to get back to it. I loved reading your story and admire your determination. I can tell your husband was helpful because you called him sweet.  Good for him too!
    I wish you continued success! ~ilene

  6. Claudia September 26, 2013

    My story is similar to yours.  I wanted to be a nurse when I was younger, too, but I wasn’t much good at science and math.  Skip to being married and having kids.I was a stay at home mom while my kids grew up.  My kids are grown and my husband has had cancer so I need an income.  I’ve been reading the info on Career Step and I’m becoming more convinced that this might be the career I need. I want to work from home and have flexibility.  Take care.

  7. Becky October 07, 2013

    Kim, would you mind sharing if you make a salary or hourly/by the line income? And maybe share an average amount you started out with?  Thanks so much!



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