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Anyone heard of Career Step program?..cost?..legit?

Posted By: Tessa54 on 2007-09-06
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I checked out the Spheris website and I don't have enough experience to apply...but they directed me to Career Step kind of as a prerequisite to get your foot in the door for employment....there's gotta be a some kind of cost, but I didn't stick around to find out....link, after link, after link..yada yada...anyone have any comments on this setup?

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Yes...Career Step has a referral program where you receive something like sm
50.00 for every person who signs up for Career Step through you. I BET they are affiliated. How unprofessional can one co. be?
You don't have to go to Career Step
I smell something a little fishy here.  Are you advertising for Career Step?  I repeat if you are already a transcriptionist, then you can apply for online jobs.  It does not take a certificate from Career Step.  I have been offered many jobs online, and I do not have a certificate from Career Step or any other training program.  
Career Step
Just to clarify about Career Step, the cost is nowhere near $5000. It is in fact, between $1500 and $2000 the last I knew. I do not work for them, but graduated a year ago and they did prepare me for acute care MT work. (After 9 months I am making about $20,000 a year, working 2 IC jobs for a total of about 40 hours a week).
Career Step
CS has been a dream for me. With their training, I had 7 offers for at-home MT employment within 2 weeks of graduation. It is a hard course, and the final exam has a 50% fail rate, but it really prepares you for the real world of MT. If it wasn't that hard I think I would be dead in the water. If you want to learn more, they have a forum for people who have questions about joining at http://careerstep.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/frm/f/6960008433
and their website is www.careerstep.com. Before joinging, I checked them out with the BBB and called them probably 20 times with questions. They were very helpful and have a shiny record with the BBB. Also, they are one of the few schools approved by the AAMT, as you can see from the AAMT website. They are also a lot cheaper than most places. Hope that helps!
Career Step
Career Step is legit (and I don't get any $$ for recommending them). The course is self-paced and allowed me to work from home right after graduation. The website has all the cost info. on it. 
Career Step
If I knew then what I know now, I would not have attended Career Step.  I would have attended MTEC or Andrews.
Career Step
My sister took this course 3 years ago and was hired as a graduate. I was able to view this course and was very impressed with it and how it prepared the students. There is a lot of practice dictation starting from beginner to advanced, working your way up. Another good school is M-TEC. When I helped my sister research what companies were looking for in graduates, these were the 2 schools that always popped up as being recognized by companies that hire graduates.

I went to a local business school and worked on site at a hospital/clinic for 5 years before working from home.
They do get a fee for all who actually enroll in career step.

Career Step is $1320 or $1560
If they use MTTEST by Career Step - Don't bother...
...just like Career Step's program, MTtest is GREATLY flawed. And the potential employers don't bother to review this or your testing. If an employer lazily uses MTTest (and is recruiting people to buy Career Step's scam terrible training program), I don't bother. Even if you get it right, the module is flawed and will likely say you got it wrong. Don't waste your time being insulted by same.

Companies that actually send you dictation to transcribe are the best to test with. They test your true knowledge/ability, not through a flawed and inadequate multiple choice module that's sole purpose is to recruit people to Career Step.

Just my 2 cents... :O)
Spheris - is it true they will hire Career Step grads without
making them take employment test? It is so stated on New MT board.
Spheris will hire you. They have lots of Career Step people.
As long as you do not need health insurance, they are fine for a new grad.
but of course, people in the 10-step program
Heard no more raises or cost of living either.
Yes, they are legit

I work for them.  They pay on time and are very easy to work with.  Good luck!! God bless!


I assure you Allegiant Transcripton Services is a legit company.
Yes, it is legit

Career Step is a legit program and they are partnered with Spheris for them to hire their grads upon graduation.  Starting pay is around 6.5 cents per line which is in the range of what other newbies start out making in employee status.

I attended Career Step, took the Spheris Training Track and went to work for Spheris.  I am also an affiliate member who does receive a small token of a referral fee, however, I am not here to give rave reviews or try to twist your arm one way or the other.  I would recommend that you attend a course that is approved by the AAMT/AHDI though. 

If you have specific questions, feel free to email me!

they are legit and pay on time...

You didn't ask anything else.  Email me if you have more specific questions.


Company legit
Has anyone ever heard of the company Anita Niles-Lee & Associates?  They offered me a job and I want to make sure they are legit before I quite my cuurent job.  Please help.
RE: Company legit
I guess you have been to their website and read there? What I read is they have been in business for over 12 years. Sounds legitimate to me.

Legit Company
Has anyone heard of Mountain west.
is this legal/legit?

I love the company I work for.  I love the people, love the work.  Only one complaint:  They deduct $12.50 out of each paycheck for a total of $25. each month for rental of their software.  They said they were told they had to do that if we were IC's.  We use our own computers, or rent theirs, so why should we pay to use a version of Word? I have never had anyone else do this in 15 years.  Also, they want to charge a fee to do direct deposit.  I've never seen that charged for either.  Is this Kosher or should I say something?  If so, what?

I worked for them. They are legit - sm
That is only a front name so they can't be found. Very secretive owner. No one can know the other MTs. However, pay was truly that (actually it should be 11 cents as that was what most were). Depends what work types you do. Can plow through some stuff and make great money. Other work types suck - some really bad foreigners there.
They are definitely legit. I was offered
position with them but could just not work the hours they needed.  I regretfully turned down.  Great owner and great MTs work there. 
Words R Us out of Illinois ? Is this legit?

To ADMINISTRATOR: Is this a legit company?
I hope that this isn't someone's idea of a joke as I have already sent my resume. I find absolutely nothing on the internet regarding a company with this name. The ads indicate that they have several accounts already...why can't I find anything on this company?
Companies who truly understand IC and are legit won't
require that. My company says they will never require a schedule and do not direct deposit for the simple fact that those are things you do with employees, and they do not want to ever cross the line of IC/employee with their ICs. There are bound to be other companies on the same way of thinking. Sadly, I agree with another poster that said if people are willing to sign contracts and accept set hours, it will become something we can't get away from. ICs stand up for yourselves and point out the law to the interviewer so this does not happen!
I can tell the OP had legit info, but my issue /sm

is this.  If someone is employed by Webmedx, goes through training and does not hit the 98%, I'm sure they are let go, BUT they are also paid for the work they did while in training.  They have to be paid, it's the law.

If you get work from WMX you have to return the work typed, correct?  If a trainee typed it, you wouldn't return the work without someone from your company looking it over to score it, I assume any errors are corrected also.

If you return a completed report to WMX, they have to pay you, correct?  If the trainee who typed that report is let go, you are keeping 100% of the money paid to you for that report and the MT who typed it is not paid a cent?  I am trying to work this out in my head and this is the conclusion I have come to.  If it is correct, there is something very wrong with this arrangement.  You may not have to pay someone by law, but morally that wouldn't sit right with me at all. 

Horrible company, they are legit though.

There is a reason they are always hiring.   Lots in the archives.

all legit companies withhold for taxes but...
when you say I found it difficult enough just paying my regular bills with the very low rate of pay this company offered, and it was impossible for me to also put aside extra money to pay for the taxes they refused to take out That can't be true. one way or another the money comes out, either they do it before you get the check or you do it after you get the check. If you could afford it if they took it out, then your take home pay would be less. So it's absolutely equal that you could afford it by setting it aside yourself. At least you got to earn a little interest on it!
legit work at home jobs

Go To: http://www.telcoa.org/id156.htm

i have worked for west.com - made $12 - $14 per hour, paid every 2 weeks

hope this will help

Since when does any legit company call us "transcribers"?
That throws up a red flag for me. Legitimate US-based companies would never say they are looking for transcribers.
Excalibur is legit and they are now hiring again for new projects!
I been working with Excalibur for the past 9 months!

I currently do transcription and document coding with them FT and i love the variety of jobs they post each week in their remote job bank registry.

We should go one step further than that!
We should stop buying products made in other countries if at all possible (Wal*Mart comes to mind). Don't forget: Every time you buy a foreign product, an American somewhere at some point lost her/his job to offshoring because of that product. MTs represent ONE segment in a loooooooong line of people who are losing/have lost their jobs to offshoring.
One step further
You got one step further than myself.  I sent my resume but didn't even hear back from them...so I am guessing they were probably inundated with resumes.  Doggone it anyway!
Maybe Transcend needs to step up
to the plate and fix these issues before their investimate goes down the drain.
Yes but Transcend needs to step up
They are loosing a lot of their money by allowing MDI to continue to operate they way they do. I personally would love to see them merge MDI into Transcend and be one company. I'm holding out hope this happens, if it does not then I'm leaving MDI.
Been there . . . this is actually a step up on dictators for me!!! NM
Does feel like the new Q. This is step 1...
I agree, but it's a step up from
and I don't care to the Nth power.
Hold on there! Now I must step in.

Don't be putting down people who like to do VR. I did straight typing for over 15 years and I am making the same, if not more, doing VR now. I was not a very slow typist, and quality is my first priority. I've been doing VR for almost a year now and love it. What makes it easy for me is I never really relied on Expanders to up my line rate since my hospital didn't really allow them, except for autocorrect. I didn't have an Expander until 6 years ago. Doing VR, I can't use the expander I did finally learn, but it's no big deal.

Like some other posters stated, it depends on who else is doing the reports whether or not VR is easy or hard.  Some days, my reports are easy, other days tough. It's the same when doing straight typing. Some dictators are easy, other are tough.

I don't think VR is really made for large companies with hundreds of transcriptionists. It's made for the smaller companies that all conform to the same verbiage.

If you're good/fast/quality-oriented with straight typing without expanders, then VR would be good for you. If you rely on an expander to get those lines, you will have a problem in the beginning, but if you're flexible, it will pan out.

Don't down people because they like VR. You know what they say......try it. You may like it.


Let's take a step back

Okay.  I think we can agree that in this industry, like every other, there are some bad apples.  There are some bad MTSOs, some bad MTs and even some bad clients.  And there are some good apples, too. 

Unfortunately, even the best MTSOs have to deal with a lot of new realities in this business that limit their options.  Over the past 15 to 20 years, the business has become much more competitive, clients are now being run by bean-counters who squeeze every penny out of contracts that they can, and the investment that an MTSO has to make in technology today has simply skyrocketed - not only the initial investment, but the ongoing investment in tech people, etc. to keep it running.  On top of that, there's been the deteriorating business climate that has actually been going on since 2007, although it didn't attract significant notice until late in 2008. 

And now comes speech rec.  There's a lot of MTSOs who haven't been thrilled about this because it's a huge investment and because they know how crummy SR really is - but clients become sold on the exaggerations in savings that the SR missionaries preach, and start insisting on it.  So you'll do SR or they'll find someone else.

The costs to every business in America for what we call compliance (to all of the jillions of laws that affect business) have also skyrocketed.  You can find plenty of information about this yourself.  These costs include all sorts of insurance and a lot of costs in terms of your operation just to keep yourself out of court or an administrative hearing of some kind.

MTSO's don't run the industry like some people here seem to think.  Clients run the industry.   Technology runs the industry.  Congress and various administrative agencies at every level of government run the industry.  Lawyers run the industry. 

There is one thing that I do criticize many MTSOs for, however, and that is the crappy line rate that many of them are paying for SR editing.  The typical scenario is that they promise you'll be able to edit jillions more lines per hour than you can transcribe,  so you shouldn't mind going from 9 or 10 cpl to 3 or 4 cpl.  Unfortunately, you buy into this and then discover that if you do your editing job properly, you really can't do all that many more lines per hour.  So your next paycheck sucks.  You give it a little longer...and your paycheck still sucks.  A couple more paychecks that suck, and now YOU are the one who is out of options. 

It's no good telling people who get caught in this trap Well, then, get into another field! because by this time they have no money to be trained in anything else.  Their kids are already fighting with the dog to see who gets the food in his bowl. So my criticism is the shameful way that many MTSOs have dealt with their people.

What bothers me the most about this is that every line of an SR document gets edited - even if it doesn't need to be changed.  In other words, there's really no difference in the KNOWLEDGE that an Editor has to bring to a line whether she declares the line to be correct or decides that it needs correction.  That line is correct is PRECISELY THE SAME SORT OF JUDGMENT as saying That line is wrong. 

This is a knowledge business, not a typing business.  There is absolutely no excuse for reducing the line rates so drastically (and little experience to show that people can still earn the same living).  This means, then, that the MTSO is buying knowledge on the cheap - and that's one thing that I can't forgive them for.  That, and the way they sucker people into accepting editing jobs in the first place.




its true, but wish WMX would take the first step
been here for awhile and I am not an underperformer by any means.  Yet i still get the NSA message dozens of times a day for the past month.  So while I think that waiting it out is the right move for me and that those who can't will go someplace else and create more work, I do wish mgmt would evaluate who is not performing up to par and cut them loose.  Sorry if that sound harsh, but i consistently do over 200 lph straight and close to 300 ASR and I think those that perform better should have some kind of preference over those that are at 125 to 150 lph, which i believe is below what mgmt expects each day.  don't mean to be offensive to anyone personally, but this is what the industry has come down to. 
okay, your first step would be to find out...
What the sale or merger involved, if the sale involved assets only or if it included ALL contracts. If the sale was assets only (meaning accounts) you SHOULD be free of the contract. This would mean they could not have included employees as an asset. If the terms of the sale included existing employee contracts or included the employees as assets, you would be bound by the noncompete clause. Sounds confusing but makes sense. In other words, you need to know if they sold you guys along with the company. That is what happened to me in the past (this was way long ago, 1970s). The new company paid $1000 per employee. We got no notice. one day they told us at 2 p.m. today you no longer work for _____ but are an employee of _____. I walked right then and there. I was not then nor will I ever be for sale! Fortunately for me, at that time we had no noncompete clause in place so we just went and recruited the old clients and started our own service.
Does the MQ DQS program contain the ShortCuts program, or do I need to buy it? nm
DQS is not a "Medquist" program, it is a program used by MQ. (nm)
Anyone hear of Future Step?
I received an email from Future Step telling me about a job.  Never heard of them.  Never applied with them?????
QA is not a step up. They make less than the MTs and are on quota.
Watch that first step off the horse. NM
let the MTSOs step in the MTs shoes - sm
If they cant pay a decent wage, them maybe it is time to let some of the clients go and work for yourself. It is just like MTs, if you accept a low rate of pay that is what you get. Stand up for yourself MTSOs and ask for more money. Get a back bone.
To follow that logic one step further,

then why is Transcend trying so hard on this board to convince everyone they are not the anti-Christ?  If they were that good, everyone would be beating a path to their door and they wouldn't have to be defending themselves to the degree we are seeing...

but correct me if I'm wrong...