After running competitively for many years, I tore the meniscus in both of my knees. With this injury, I was no longer able to run as much or as well as I had before. I found this frustrating and decided to look into other opportunities that might be more suitable for my new circumstances. My dad, who also has knee problems, really enjoys biking and suggested that I experiment in that arena.
Together we researched different brands, makes, and models of bikes, looking for the best fit for me. After locating the bike I wanted, we researched different stores, websites, and outlets, looking for the best price. Once I actually had the bike, I had to invest hours in learning how to properly use the gears, the rules of the road, different biking techniques, and more.
Even after all that time researching and preparing, I still started off biking slow. I hadn’t ridden a bike in years, and there was a lot to get used to and become comfortable with. I was targeting different muscle groups than I had targeted while running and needed to build those muscles up before I could really begin biking. It was difficult training. I crashed several times and often questioned if I had made a good decision investing so much in this new opportunity. However, after several months of research, training, and gaining experience on my bike, I felt confident and comfortable on my bike and in my biking abilities.
You will encounter a transition such as this as you begin your career as a medical transcriptionist. Perhaps you turned to medical transcription due to an injury that prevents you from maintaining your previous position. Perhaps you turned to medical transcription because you would like to be home with your family more. Perhaps you turned to medical transcription because you have a strong interest in the medical industry and are passionate about providing accurate medical care. No matter the reasons, your varying circumstances have brought you to this point and will motivate you as you pursue your new career.
In addition to your passion and desire, it will take a lot of hard work and effort to effectively transition into this new industry. Much like the research I had to do in purchasing a bike and learning the technique, you started this process when you enrolled in your new program. As you study, there will be a lot of new information to learn and retain, a lot of research will be required, and it will take time to grow accustomed to the new skills you’re developing. Furthermore, this process will continue as you begin your search for employment. There will be many new skills to learn, including resume building, interviewing, pre-employment testing, and networking. However, once you gain these skills, you will be prepared to have a more successful search for employment and locate the perfect company for you.
Once you secure a position and start working, you might feel a bit like I did after my first bike ride. My muscles were sore, I was questioning my potential as a cyclist, and I wasn’t so sure I wanted to go on a second ride after all. Beginning something new is always difficult, and it takes time to become accustomed to it. Building muscles is hard work, can be painful, and requires consistent practice. The same is true for building your transcription skills. It takes time to become comfortable with your accounts, dictators, specialties, platform, company, and supervisors. Gaining confidence and comfort in these areas requires consistent effort.
I didn’t become comfortable on my bike until after putting in long hours of training, researching, and practice. However, once I was comfortable, I could really fly on my bike and was very happy with my decision to begin biking. Putting in long hours to develop your transcription skills can be difficult; however, once they are developed, your productivity and pay will increase, you will find yourself flying through reports you once found difficult, and you will be happier in your new career.
Of course, I’m not the best cyclist in the world, in America, or even at Career Step! I’m still working on becoming a better cyclist by training further, developing my muscles, and researching techniques for improvement. As you grow comfortable in your new career as a medical transcriptionist, do not become complacent! The best transcriptionists are always looking for ways to improve their skills, increase their productivity, and progress their careers.
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