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033 Career100-Becoming a Court Reporter- An Interview with Melanie Sonntag

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The Court Reporter is a viable career path as it is an evolving, changing profession. Court Reporters are very useful where everybody wants to make sure what was said in various proceedings from public hearings to Inaugural speeches. In this edition of the Career 100 podcast, Felicia Gopaul interviews Melanie Sonntag, who will be sharing how interesting it would be to be a professional eavesdropper and why she thinks this career belongs to the Top 100.

Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag likens her role as a court reporter to being a professional eavesdropper, hearing the best and worst stories from others’ lives and capturing a verbatim record of events for lifetime preservation. She’s been fortunate to have practiced her craft in Wyoming, Colorado, and Illinois and is one of the country’s most skilled reporters, regularly competing in speed and realtime competitions. She’s currently the owner of a freelance reporting service in suburban Chicago, serves as a consultant to a reporter-training program, and is a past president of the National Court Reporters Association.

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Listen to what is in store for you in this edition of the Career 100 Podcast. Gather valuable information and learn more about:

– How Melanie became a court reporter by accident and how passionate she is now with her career
– What gets her up in the morning to serve her clients
– The problems that Court Reporters solve and the different proceedings in need of Court Reporters
– Common myths and misconceptions about Court Reporters
– The Career structure and progression and types of education needed in becoming a Court Reporter
– Changes in the industry
– Why this career belongs to the Top 100 of the decade.

Depending on how much you want to work, this is a very flexible career as it provides opportunities to do the things that you’re passionate about. If you like English and if you like people-watching, this may be the career for you–a career where there’s a lot of variety and self responsibility. Don’t miss this edition of the Career 100 Podcast.

To learn more about Melanie Sonntag and her business, you can visit her website Sonntag Reporting Service or you can send an email at melaniesonntagcrr(at)gmail.com. Careers in Court Reporting is also a great website for people considering the profession. You can also visit the National Court Reporters Association website as they celebrate National Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

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