Welcome to The Transcriptionists Profiles, a series of interviews with people who are working as transcriptionists. My name is Archie, the author/administrator of Transcriptionist Hub.
In this article, I will feature my interview with Karen Gay S. Jaen.
Welcome to the interview. Thank you for taking the interest of this opportunity.
Archie: To start, can you please tell me your current designation or level as a transcriptionist? (e.g. senior MT)? What is your location? Where are you presently connected?
Karen: I have an application before as a transcriber in Transcribe18.com but apparently I was not able to get the job but I already took a test on it.
Archie: How long have you been working as a transcriptionist? How did you start in this profession? What are the factors that prompted you to pursue a career in this field?
Karen: Factors that prompted me to pursue in this field is because it is easy to be a transcriber in a sense that if you have good listening skills and typing skills also, you can do it.
Archie: Which do you prefer: to work home based or in an office setting? Please explain briefly
Karen: Work home-based. I am keen to work from home only, as working from home gives me enough flexibility to work on my own terms and timing schedule and reduces the stress of working in an office environment. Working at home also deflates the cost of living by the reduction in traveling and other office expenses that have to be borne by regular employees.
Archie: Which among these transcription work most appeal to your interest: Medical, General (Business, podcasts, interviews), or Legal Transcription.
Karen: General (business).
Archie: What, for you, is the most important characteristic or quality to become an effective and productive transcriptionist?
Karen: The one most important quality of a productive transcriptionist is his or her listening skills. A good listener is a Good Transcriptionist. It is what the whole idea of transcription is. The more effective is the listening skills the more productive would be the transcription work.
Archie: Being a transcriptionist, what do you think is the best advice you can give to people who are interested to enter this field?
Karen: Best advice that I might be able to give to people who are interested in this field is that you just have to go for it. Some say being a transcriptionist is very tough but if you just focus on what you were doing then all things go well.
Archie: Thank you for your time.
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