Are Basic Skills Necessary for Medical Transcription Work?

Dear Susan,

Is it really important to know how to copy and paste and use Microsoft Word if I won’t be using it in the training program?  I feel like this Technology and the Medical Professional module is taking forever!

Technically Challenged

Dear Technically Challenged,

While it is true that you do not need word processing software to complete your training, many employers use Microsoft Word, and they expect that knowledge of it will be a basic skill for their employees.  Some employers will even ask questions about Microsoft Word and its functions during an interview.  So yes, it is very important!  The Career Step training contains specific instructions for using the 2007 version of Microsoft Office for Windows, and while most of the concepts and procedures are the same in different versions of Microsoft Office, each version is slightly different.  Therefore, when you come to pages in the unit that teach you about the ribbon, the Office button, the quick access toolbar, etc., make sure you can locate them and work with them in your particular version.  Make sure you understand the basic processes such as cutting, copying, and pasting text and how to open, save, and rename a Word document.

In a nutshell, the more familiar you are with the basic processes of Word, the more likely an employer is going to hire you, and your transition into the working world will be almost seamless.


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