Student Review: Kelsey Reading

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Hey everyone! My name is Kelsey Reading. I am currently living in my hometown of Joplin, Missouri, with my husband, 4-month-old baby boy, and dog, Zeus.  I was born and raised in Joplin and have lived here almost all of my life. After graduating high school, I moved up to Kansas City, Missouri, to go to college on a softball scholarship and to pursue a nursing degree. I stayed there for two years but decided to move back home when my boyfriend and I got serious. I ended up moving back in May of 2010, and he and I got engaged that Halloween. Then in July of 2011, we got married! Three months later, we found out we were going to have a baby! I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I should do. Should I go ahead and continue my nursing degree or put it on hold for a while? I decided to put it on hold and concentrate on working and being the best mom that I could be!

One day, when I was at work, I was talking to a coworker about really wanting to find a job that would allow me to be home with my baby more often. She told me how her aunt was a medical transcriptionist and how she was able to work from home and be there with her kids. I was very intrigued! I had heard of work-at-home jobs before, but I honestly always thought they were a scam. I was still a little skeptical, so I decided to do some research. I came across Career Step, and it seemed like the perfect fit for me! I would be able to do an online training program at home while I was pregnant, and after I graduated, I could work from home and be with my baby! Plus, I would still have a career in the medical field like I had always wanted. So after talking with my husband, we decided that I should do it.

I began my MTE course with Career Step in January of 2012. During high school and my 3 years of college, I took classes in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and health sciences, so the medical field was not foreign to me at all! The knowledge I took away from those classes definitely helped me during my coursework. I went through the objective portion of the course relatively fast. It took me about 3 months to complete. The transcription portion, however, was a different story! I didn’t plan my time very well, and it took me a lot longer than I expected. Transcription is definitely not easy, especially when you get muffled voices, super fast talkers, or bad audio; however, when you work really hard and finally figure it out, it feels so good and it’s so rewarding! It took me another 5 months to complete the transcription and editing portions, and I’m now in the process of studying for my final exam.

A few things that really helped me get through the course were being involved in the forums, participating in the weekly chats, and connecting with other Career Step students on Facebook. This program has also taught me how to organize my time and how to set a goal and stick to it. Career Step’s program is great, and I would recommend it to everyone interested in doing medical transcription! The instructors and advisors are awesome and are always willing to help. It’s amazing how much I have learned since I have been taking this course! I am so excited to start my new career as a medical transcriptionist!


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  1. Rosie Courtney April 15, 2013

    It was good to read your story as I am almost half way through to where I can take the Midterm test.  I also took classes for terminology, A&P since I was going toward a coding and diagnosis career.  I am hoping this will be a better path since I want to eventually work from home, sooner than later would be good.

    I am presently working as a patient care tech and my legs just can not take it anymore.  I am much older than you but I do remember the days of young children at home and having to go to work and being away from them.  It was very hard at times.

    I see you are from Joplin.  I am from Columbia, MO but originally from NE Iowa.

    Currently I need to definitely get my computer fixed to read what is printable from Career Step.  Hopefully this week I get that job done so when it comes time to transcribe I will be ready. I saw someone state that when they slowed down the dictated notes that they were unable to still hear words clearly.  Did you find that problem to?  Did you do your own list of words separately on your computer or a flash drive or did you use the Benchmark program?  I also need to get with the program to do shorthand or is it shortcuts.

    Anyway, your story caught my eye and it sounds like you are on your way to a great career.  Like you said we will still be in the health care industry.

    Little boys are full of energy I had three boys that are all grown up now.  At times I wish I could have them back as young boys, but, every age when they are your children are still your life.

    Best of luck in finding a job after graduating.  Keep me posted.


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