Today’s busy woman is looking for a fulfilling career that contributes to the family income, while allowing her to still attend school class trips, be the beloved soccer mom, and actually put home-cooked meals on the table. This is possible, as hundreds of women in the Delaware Valley find work-life balance, flexible schedules, and jobs as professional court reporters.
Not all court reporting takes place in the courtroom. For 28-year-old freelance court reporter and new mom, Chiara Ulvi, RPR, working as an independent contractor allows her the “flexibility to choose my own schedule” and apply her stenography skills to an array of specialized services. She may be hired to transcribe a deposition one day, and another day she could provide realtime captioning at a convention or seminar. She can choose to work full-time or part-time.
Ulvi can take her skills one step further…into her home office. She can telecommute by transcribing pre-recorded arbitrations, committee hearings, or court proceedings. Working remotely from home, Ulvi can also provide transcriptions of college lectures for students who are hard-of-hearing or deaf. She can receive a live feed from a professor thousands of miles away who is wearing a microphone, and the student in the classroom can view a laptop that is streaming Ulvi’s instant, word-for-word transcription.
“Students are so thankful,” said Ulvi, a 2005 graduate of The Court Reporting Program at Orleans Technical Institute in Philadelphia. “They tell me that they couldn’t have succeeded in the class without me.”
With career opportunities at her fingertips, Ulvi is working toward expanding her skills as a court reporter in order to provide remote broadcast captioning, which are the captions seen running across the bottom of live news broadcasts.
To learn more about training for a career in court reporting, visit The Court Reporting Program at Orleans Technical Institute on Saturday, April 16, 2011 as the school celebrates its 25th anniversary of educating court reporting professionals. Orleans offers an Associate in Specialized Business degree, comprehensive curriculum pairing stenography skill building and legal classes, internship program, and on-site department dedicated to career advisement and job search assistance.For more, visit www.orleanstech.edu/court-reporting or call 215-728-4426.