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Voice Captioning - A job that fits your schedule!

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What kind of schedule does a Voice Captioner have?

I am asked this question quite often. Some other questions are, Is the job full time? Do you work overtime? Do you work on weekends? Do you work at night? Is the schedule flexible? The answer to all these questions is YES....and, sometimes, NO.

It all depends for the company you are working for. I currently work part time for VITAC-Caption Colorado. I choose right now to work part time. Working this way means that I don't currently caption TV news. My job is to caption meetings, webinars, financial calls, all for businesses and gov't organizations. My schedule is not "set" for the same hours every week. We do have flexibility in that I give my company an "available" hours schedule that I am free to work. So it's very flexible for me as a mom and someone who also teaches to organize my captioning hours around those commitments.

I choose the range of hours in a day/week that I can work. I do have weekend hours as "available" on my schedule. I don't often get a lot of weekend jobs though because oftentimes government agencies and businesses don't hold office hours during that time. But I HAVE had weekend jobs placed on my schedule. One I remember was a Christmas service for a church that plays their services live on Youtube. It was a very neat experience to caption the sermon, the singing, and the congregation taking part in the service.

Do I work in the evenings? Yes. Not often, but I have my availabilty open to hours up until 11 p.m. There are meetings sometimes by international companies often at 9 my time at night so that people and clients in other parts of the world can join in on their time as well. I also have webinars and/or staff meetings that meet after 5 p.m. my time because we have clients we serve on the West Coast.

What does my typical weekly schedule look like? I choose to do a certain amount of hours per week, and my company is pretty great about the hours available to me. I usually have about 2 to 3 jobs per day. These jobs can be anywhere from a half hour each to two hours each. Sometimes jobs can go longer than the scheduled times. I stay on and caption as long as I don't have another event scheduled right after. This morning, for example, I had an hour and a half job scheduled at 9 a.m. But the client actually needed me for three different smaller meetings during that time. So I dialed in three times to three different numbers to caption the meeting for him. I also might have jobs during the week that cancel at the last minute. During these times I can get other events scheduled to me, so I can caption more hours. We also from time to time have the option of picking up "available" jobs from a schedule our company has available for all the voice captioners to see. Maybe a fellow co-worker has an emergency come up that day OR their child is home sick OR they just need to give their event to someone else. I have the ability to then go in and "take" that job if my schedule permits.

All of this adds to the flexibility of being a voice captioner. Again, a lot of it has to do with where you choose to work. I have found for me that the variety of hours and times and different types of jobs that you can get with being a voice captioner has made it the right fit for me.

If you are looking for something flexible and something that has variety day to day, consider a career in voice captioning!

 

Julie Lazart Balog

Voice Captioner at VITAC/Caption Colorado and Instructor at College of Court Reporting

 

If you would like information on our Voice Captioning program at College of Court Reporting,
please contact Nicky Rodriquez Toll Free: 866-294-3974 ext. 222

Feel free to reach out to me if you ever need anything! julie.balog@ccr.edu

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