Molly Cooper

Molly Cooper

Shorthand Court Reporter


Molly Cooper Court Reporting

Fullerton, CA USA


There's always going to be a box that you can choose to fill or not fill. If you have to fill it because that role is something advantageous for you, then find the best way for yourself to do that.

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
One of my passions that has largely impacted my life is my love of language and its way of connecting people.
Attended the University of Santa Cruz where I earned my bachelor's degree in linguistics.
Being bilingual was very important to me, so I learned Spanish and moved to Mexico and Guatemala to teach.
After several years of living in both places, I made Thailand my next home and started teaching English.
In 2017, I made the decision to return home and become a student again.
After a year of school, I passed the CSR and RPR, which certified me as a professional stenographer.
I feel that this is my calling. Everything in life lead me to it and it just clicked on Day 1.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Linguistics
University of California, Santa Cruz
Associate's Degree
Court Reporting/Court Reporter
South Coast College

Career

Shorthand Court Reporter

I take down verbatim testimony and depositions in court to accurately reflect what is said in the given setting.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Law
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

Each day consists of the same process: I administer the oath to the parties, type the transcript, and then begin the editing process. The location is usually in a new location with new people. I like that the witness is always different; you never know what you're going to get.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

All of my experience traveling solo has enabled me to be excited of going somewhere unknown and the challenges of meeting new people who have unique forms of expressing themselves. Leading classrooms made me comfortable taking charge of people but doing so in a soft way. You have to be accountable for yourself and continuously rise to the challenge because your job depends on understanding the way someone is speaking.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Discover your learning style. School is a great way to find out what you love and what you hate. I knew to follow certain drives and am now comfortable being more settled and less exploratory. But that's because I did so much of that exploring before plunging into a new career. There's always going to be a box that you can choose to fill or not fill. If you have to fill it because that role is something advantageous for you, then find the best way for yourself to do that.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Linguistics
certification
Associate's Degree
Court Reporting/Court Reporter

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't know if I can handle this pressure."

Challenges I Overcame

Career Change