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A FULFILLING JOB Its a learning experience
A FULFILLING JOB Its a learning experience

More and more homemakers are now taking to medical transcription as a profession

Welcome to the world of new age women. They are married, have understanding husbands, children whom they care for and a career they are passionate about. Getting their career back on track or looking for a job after being a full-time mother is no longer an impossible task. S. Kavitha, mother of three, now a medical transcriptionist (MT) will tell you how she did it. After matrimony and motherhood and a sabbatical of 14 years, she's now back with a bang. "I aspired to become a doctor but that dream didn't came true. When my children started going to school, I had enough time at my disposal. So, I enrolled for a training module in medical transcription and it has proved to be a turning point in my life. My job gives me the satisfaction of getting close to my dream," she says. Hard work, meeting deadlines and having the drive to go that extra mile is all what you need, say the housewives who have taken up jobs as medical transcriptionists after a long break. It is a process where one accurately and swiftly transcribes medical records dictated by doctors, including history and physical reports, clinic notes, operative reports, consultation notes, discharge summaries, evaluations and lab reports."All along, I have never carried a wallet; all my needs were taken care of. Now, apart from economic independence, my status as a working woman has inspired my children too. The work atmosphere is almost home-like. I feel I have gone back to my school days and I am making a lot of friends with other housewives. In terms of career advancement, I have moved on to the second level as junior MT in a matter of six months," Kavitha says.Apart from a fixed pay and other benefits, bulk of the earnings comes as variable pay which is linked to quality of job done and, in turn, productivity. For many, the work atmosphere in itself is a new experience. Says Janani. R, a BBM graduate, who is now a senior MT: "Working with people from different age groups helps mould your personality. It also hones your leadership skills." C. Manjunathan, manager of a HR company says the positive energy pumped into the work atmosphere by the youth, who are more in number, motivates others in a big way. Another advantage is the option to work as a Home Transcriptionist (HT) after a couple of years of experience. K. JESHI

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