"Why I Want to Become a Captioner"
Essay By: Jeffrey Little
2009 Scholarship Winner
There was a day when my mom, who is hearing impaired and has to watch television with the closed captioning on, came to me with an article about closed captioning as a career. She mentioned something about learning court reporting, and using those skills to move into captioning. I initially dismissed the idea, but as I continued to research careers, I decided to humor her and check it out. To my surprise, the career sounded too good to be true, and everything I was looking for.
Another reason I became so interested in the field is that I was in a car accident two years ago, and severed my brachial artery. This injury rendered me unable to move my thuimb. This was very frustrating, but after six months of no motion in my thumb, it began to move. A few weeks after that, I had full use of it again. Having played guitar for many years, I greatly enjoy using my fingers. The idea thatI could find a good, stable career using my fingers appealed to me greatly.
I researched court reporting and closed captioning, which ultimately led me to enroll in the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Indiana. My experience there has been nothing short of phenomenal, and I can feel that this is the career path that I'm meant to take.