Stenographer is a profession who is able to translate English or any other regional language into a coded language known as Shorthand and then reconvert it into the original language that too as fast as 200 words per minutes. This is the only profession which is least affected with the advent of technology. Because this is such a profession where a person has to do his basic work i.e. translation by itself.
Stenographe is required at every that place where spoken words have to be documented as such. They can code the spoken words with the speed of the speaker and then they can be decoded to make them documentary proves where ever required in the near future.
Thus there is high demand of Stenographers in almost all the fields, may it be courts, press meets, government offices, as a secretary or assistants to the CEO’s in corporate house, personal secretaries to the high profile peoples like doctors, politician etc. Thus the work done by the Stenographer is of utmost importance for the immediate or future use. Like every other so called cherished profession this is also providing a lot of opportunities to show their talent and earn respect and money to the younger generation.
To become a Stenographer one has to be really dedicated and hardworking. The job of a Stenographer demands intensive knowledge of the Shorthand along with good command on English and some other regional language in which one want to work in. There is vide scope for a person who is able to translate two-three regional languages along with English in shorthand and other way round.
To discharge his duties efficiently and effectively he requires special training of nearly half year to One year years and comprehensive knowledge in more than one area of the trade. So to be a Stenographer one has to follow the below given path.
Eligibility to be a Stenographer
1. Educational Qualification
(a) Pass in Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) or equivalent recognized examination. There is no restriction with regard to the marks secured in Senior Secondary Examination or subjects studied. However to get job is some government offices as stenographer at least 60% are compulsory at this level.
(b) Graduates who have secured less than specified marks in 10+2.
There is no restriction with regard to the age of the candidate to be a Stenographer. However to get job in the Government sector as a Stenographer specific age limits are given for the candidates along with the other information at the time of recruitment. Normally this age limit lies in between 18 yrs to 27 yrs. (In some cases upper limits may exceed to 30 yrs)
How to become a Stenographer?
To be a Stenographer one has to follow the below given steps:
A prospective candidate who has done 10 or 10+2 in any stream and has good command on English or any other recognized regional language can join some private training centre to learn Shorthand. It take on an average 6 months to 1 years to an average student to learn shorthand and able to take dictation at least at the speed of 80 to 120 words per minutes.
Candidate can also join some ITI (Industrial Training Institution) to do a certificate or diploma course in Shorthand and Typing. It take 1yr to 1 and ½ yr to complete this course. In which basic knowledge of both typing and short hand is provided to the candidate and a diploma is awarded to the successful candidates.
One has to appear in the entrance test take by these institutions and admission is given on the basis of merit list. However in some private ITI admission is given on the basis of marks obtained in the tenth class.
After doing this course of shorthand and typing one can apply for the job of steno grapher in private sectors or can join some advocates, or other high profile personalities as free lancer.
Another option is to apply against the post of stenographer and typist advertised by the governments departments. These vacancies are filled by the agencies like SSC, UPSC, State service selection Boards, Banking Service Recruitment board after taking the written tests and skill test followed by interviews. Selected candidates are absorbed in the Government departments as Stenographers.
To start with one can get somewhere near Rs.10,00 to Rs.15,000 depending upon the accuracy and speed of the individual candidates. In Government department one newly appointed can get nearly 8000 per month with other facilities. In government sector stenographer has good potential and scope to reach at higher post after acquiring some experience and clearing some internal exams.
Stenographer Career Prospects
Stenographer can find good opportunites in secretarial departments of various Government as well as Private offices. Hand work and dedication can leads them to the higher posts like Personal Assistant and Private Secretary which are considered as Gazetted posts.