Graduate Review: Linda Jaworowski

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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!


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  1. Jody June 03, 2013

    You are such an inspiration to those of us still plugging along in this course.  I am getting close to my midterm and then on to the transcription part of the course. Do you have any suggestions or advice for me, I would love to hear it.  Thank you so much for sharing your story and best of luck to you in your new career.


    Jody

  2. Whitney June 07, 2013

    Bravo! I can only hope I have as good of luck as you’ve had! Can’t wait to start my new career!

  3. Melanie Ward June 07, 2013

    Linda,
    I took a break from the Healthcare Documentation module today and read your story and loved it!! It was just the perfect, positive story that I needed to read today. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it.
    I am definitely going to find you in the forum.
    Melanie smile

  4. Mary W. June 07, 2013

    Your story is encouraging to read, Linda. Thank you.

  5. Linda Jaworowski June 13, 2013

    HI!! Thanks so much to all of you who took the time to read my story.  I hope it provides each and every one of you with encouragement.  Jody, you are almost there! Keep going!  Just remember, if you want to take a break, take a break.  It’s ok.  Just stay on track.  That’s the best advice.  If you don’t feel like typing (esp when you get to the dictation part) then don’t.  Do something else to clear your head and then go back.  Everything CareerStep is teaching us is needed in the field.  If any of you need ANYTHING please contact me through the forum.  I am actually going to go there now and put a post up about job seeking.  I applied to over 60 companies when I graduated and know which companies hire newbies, etc.,  Jody, Whitney, Melanie, and Mary….Thank you so much for the kind words!!!

  6. clarisa June 13, 2013

    Your story is what I need to boost positive thinking in me. Thank you… smile

  7. Amanda June 19, 2013

    Thanks so much for this.  I have on page 156 of clinic notes out of 298.  It feels as if I will NEVER get there. I started the course in February to be able to work from home.  I hope I am able to finish and have success finding a job.

    Thanks again,
    Amanda

  8. Ashley June 21, 2013

    That’s great, Congratulations! I am a little over half way through my program and very excited to finish and start my career. Good Luck to you continuing and hope I have as much luck as you have.

  9. Danielle June 21, 2013

    Thank you for your story, Linda!  I just recently was laid off my job of 19 years.  At least the last 10 years, I have gotten to work from home and, for all the reasons you mentioned, I did not want to work in an office again.  My mother-in-law worked as an MT, and I decided it was a good route to take because I can continue working from home and being around for my young boys.  I just started the transcription portion of the study, and am looking forward to graduating!  I will look you up on the forum grin

  10. Ronda June 23, 2013

    Love your story!  I also graduated from CS in 2007.  I was able to immediately find a job, and I am now an independent contractor for 2 different companies.  From where I am sitting, transcription is still very strong, and there are numerous companies out there. 

    I am also taking the CS Medical Coding and Billing course.  I am in the last 2 modules (coding practicums), hoping to finish in the next few months. 

    I just want to reiterate to all of you who are plugging along to finish.  Take every bit of Linda’s advice.  Do not look at the negatives on the forum.  I made the decision one day to stay off of the forum unless I needed to research something in specific.  In my opinion, the ones being negative on the forum need to be spending more time on the coursework than complaining.  Tune out the negatives and keep going!  CS will definitely have you ready for the career.

  11. Katrina June 27, 2013

    I am just starting the transciption part of the course. Like you, I have been a stay at home mom and I am ready to have my own career and a little spending money.  I am finding myself disgusted already, and I am just in the begining of transcribing.  Any words to keep me motivated?

  12. Miki June 28, 2013

    Linda,
    I just read your post and I want to thank you so much for your inspiring words and story. I had recently went through some serious doubts about whether or not I had chosen the right field of Medical Transcription to pursue because of all of the negative press the field has received as of late. Honestly, I let it get to my head for a bit and I got super depressed, but then I snapped out of it and got back on my usual track of remaining HOPEFUL and POSITIVE. The thing that was getting me down was the fact that everyone, and I mean everyone,including my dermatologist, were saying that MT’s are a dying breed and on their way out. I was so discouraged and mad that he was trying to bring me down, I FIRED him as my family dermatologist! You Linda, brought me back from the ashes with your encouraging words. I love how you said, “If you need to take a break then take one and that you were not a straight “A” student.” I am a young, 50 year old with 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren and I am fortunate enough not to have to work while I take this course, thanks to my awesome husband. I am half way through the program and making really good grades. Once again, thanks for your positive reinforcement… your words! God bless, your awesome!

  13. Nachelle Osorio July 01, 2013

    I am looking into this schooling now. I have been very skeptical as to if it is really worth it, that’s exactly why I love your story. Thank you for posting smile I hope after I choose what course is right for me I can stay focused with people behind me.
    Thanks again.

  14. Lori Flowers July 02, 2013

    Linda,
    I am planning to begin my Final for Medical Transcription/Editing this morning.  I decided to read some email and information before starting.  I am so glad I came across your story - just what I needed to read before I begin. In 48 hours I will be among the ones who have “submitted and awaiting results.”  I will look you up in the forums for sure.  Thank you again.
    Lori

  15. carmen July 24, 2013

    I am really interested in changing careers and your story confirmed it. thank you

  16. Jennifer July 29, 2013

    Thank you for your inspirational story.  I’m completely changing fields and this is a huge step after 20yrs.  I’m nervous to say the least but determined to continue enjoying a flexible schedule and being around for my teenagers, who seem to need me more now then when they were in elem. school.  Thank you again and I’m very excited to have a new career in the MT&E world.


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