Graduate Review: Linda Jaworowski
My name is Linda Jaworowski. I am 38 years old, and this is my MT story! After being a stay-at-home mom for quite some time, I decided it was time to do something FOR ME. After considering many different avenues, I decided on medical transcription and started my research for schools. Career Step was the best way to go. They are recognized everywhere! While the children were in school, I studied all day. It was a long, tough road, but I had to do it. I kept thinking about how nice it would be to work at home. Snow storms, rain, 100 degree weather…I would be home for all of it!
Toward the end of my schooling, I decided to start researching available jobs. A lot of people were saying it was a dying profession and there were no jobs; however, all I could see on the internet were tons of companies hiring medical transcriptionists! What was going on? Luckily, I followed my heart and carried on with schooling. I graduated in February 2013. I passed the final the second time around but took it all three times to get the highest score I could.
The very day I passed, I started working on my resume. I cannot stress enough how important it is to utilize Graduate Services. You just spent all this time in school, so watch the 15-minute webinar on resumes, interview techniques, and job searching—it is so valuable! It was filled with everything I needed to know. I went back and forth with Graduate Services until my resume was perfect. They told me what to change, and I changed it—it was that easy!
I then went down the Employer List and sent my resume to literally every company on that list. Last, but not least, I went to the Career Step forums. I cannot stress enough how thankful I am for these forums. I have met so many great people I can now call my friends. It is unbelievable how complete strangers can be so compassionate toward each other. I received so many job leads from fellow graduates, and one lead took me to where I am now.
A month after graduating, I was employed as an independent contractor for Professional Transcription Services out of Virginia. They are a wonderful company. I could not have gotten any luckier. It is the perfect job for a new graduate. They are so kind, caring, and patient, and I was made to feel like part of the team from day one. I can see myself staying here for a long, long time.
Before getting this job, I faced a lot of rejection. It is hard being a new graduate. Everyone wants experience, yet nobody is willing to give you the experience. Funny, isn’t it? A lot of companies turned me down, but I kept going. I sent resumes to EVERYONE. After being a stay-at-home mom for so long, I was not going to let this get in my way. I worked way too hard for my education, and it is something to call my own—something I achieved. There is no better feeling.
This company gave me a chance, and I am so happy. I work great hours. I get up and start around 7 am and finish around 2 or 3 pm, right in time to pick up my children from school. I take breaks when I need to. I get on my computer and the reports are ready and waiting for me, so I just type all day—no drama, no gossipy co-workers, no one breathing down my neck. It is great. It is so flexible as well. If I have somewhere to go or something to do in the morning then I just do my reports at night as long as I get the reports back within 24 hours. And this company! I have so much respect for this company. Not only are they committed to their clients, but they are just as committed to their medical transcriptionists. I am treated with respect here. They have never made me feel stupid or like the “new person.” They have made me feel like part of their family from day one. It truly does not get any better than this. I am learning something new every day.
I am so thankful for Career Step because they were truly there every step of the way for me. I know I was given the opportunity to test for so many companies when interviewing because they saw the Career Step name on my resume. It truly is a great school. My education has more than prepared me for my career. Yes, career, not job. My biggest advice is: Just. Keep. Going. Towards the end of the course, when I was doing the transcription part, I would wake up every morning and think, “I just cannot type one more report today, I just can’t.” But I would get up and do it, and every day that passed was another day down.
You also cannot listen to everything you hear. There ARE jobs out there—a lot of them. If I listened to all the negative things I read and heard, I would have not been in the position I am today. You all have no idea how grateful I am. Everything has fallen into place perfectly. My friends are so jealous that I get to work from home. Please, take it from me: It is so worth it. I am just a regular person. I wasn’t a straight A student. I didn’t do anything special. I was just determined. I had been out of a job for 12 years before this. I STILL got a job. There is no excuse. If any of you need a pep talk or advice or someone to talk to, please find me on the forum as “Linda Starr.” I would be happy to help you. Now go out there and do it! In a few months, I want to be reading YOUR story on here ☺ xoxo Thank you!