Reviews are making me a little nervous

@SomeCowgirl (32271)
United States
August 22, 2012 1:01pm CST
I was reviewing the school a little bit via the facebook page and I saw some negative comments, but I also saw some good comments. There was a mix, as well as just some asking about it. I searched further on the web and found some say "don't do it" others say "It worked great". So I'm nervous. I went out to the mail box to get the letter and just shred it, but wouldn't you know today is the day the mailman decided to run early. I'm not going to let myself worry about it too much. Some reviews say that the course I am taking through the school I am taking it in, people have gotten jobs from.. Some Community Colleges recognize Stratford Institute, and some don't... I guess that will be the same thing with some employers. I know that you CAN do medical transcription without a formal education, but the jobs are very few and very far between with it.. I guess we will just have to wait and see. In the meantime I am going to do more research when it comes to people getting careers with the trainin from SCI, keep your fingers crossed for me. If nothing else, I learned something new, something I wanted to learn anyway, and maybe I can haggle somehow and "show" my expertise.. What say you?
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 Aug 12
I think there are always going to be mixed reviews on most everything. Can't please everyone you know? If it works for you, that is all that matters. Sometimes people just have expectations when they go in to things that are not realistic. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will be a good thing for you.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
25 Aug 12
It's not accredited and I think that's the biggest thing. People who have given the reviews didn't realize that it wasn't accredited. I won't lie, that does worry me but I still think I could get a job with what I've learned from them if nothing else. My community college might consider it a credit and help me out there, who is to say? Either way it's something I want to learn and something I think would be beneficial to me anyway.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 Aug 12
That does give the college a stronger reputation but it doesn't mean it won't work out. You are right that learning more about what you want to do is what it's all about.
• United States
23 Aug 12
Stratford Institute is not accredited. It is marketed as being for "personal development." As such, I would recommend that you steer clear of it. Find an accredited school that offers the program you want. There are some accredited community colleges that offer online programs for medical transcription. Everett Community College is one that I came across, but I know that there are others out there.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
24 Aug 12
I am already too far into it to get out. I've read that to "cancel" it is even harder then to just go through with it and accept it. I've read that some people HAVE gotten jobs in the Medical Transcription field based solely on the SCI so we will see. I know it is not accredited, I read that before I applied but I read more after I put it in the mail box. Like I said I can't do anything now but live with the decision, we'll see how it goes. I wanted to learn Medical Transcription anyway. Places around here teach stuff like that and they are "small" time so maybe I can find a job around here based on that.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
22 Aug 12
Always get do your own research , the internet is a place for trolls . People on the net will just say anything even when they have no idea what they talking about . Jobs seems few these days but all you can really do is try and keep trying . good luck
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• Dominican Republic
23 Aug 12
have you ever looked at film reviews on imbd - its the same sort of thing, someone says you must watch this film , the next person says I walked out...impossible to know from someone elses opinion
@13tyates (1611)
• United States
23 Aug 12
I have been in the same boat with you in the past when I have read reviews online for things such as buying a large electronic purchase or even finding an electrician and seeing a review that really makes you think twice. Sometimes everyone has something to complain about I think and maybe that is the case with some of the negative reviews you have found. I am certain you have made a great choice for yourself and I am sure it will make you have another form of income for yourself so you can continue to better yourself. I have personally thought about doing some kind of medical transcription classes, but I am not sure as I am already way too busy, lol. Please let me know how it works as you start to get into the classes and work that you have to do. Good luck!
@Memnon (2173)
22 Aug 12
If you are looking for employment (?) the worst thing that they can do is turn you down. Sure, it's disappointing, you will learn from the experiencr. Easy to say for me, I admit: having been made redundant just the once so far, and having a job lined up beforehand! Fingers crossed.
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
22 Aug 12
I would just research about the school yourself. Don't just go based on what people type on the internet about their reviews for the school. For all you know they could just be bitter old students who are angry at the school and just want to put negative responses about the school, so they can get the school to lose some business. But some of the reviews could be true, maybe they really did have a bad experience. But the only way to know for sure is just to research on it your own. Like look up jobs and maybe call a few places that would hire for medical transcription, ask them would they take the degree you are getting from the school. If you are planning to go to another school, call up the schools and ask them if they would take transfer credits from the school that you are planning on going to. If you get bad responses from your research, then I wouldn't waste your time or your money on this school. Because it will do you no good. I wouldn't really rely on the school too much with questions, because honestly they will tell you anything just to get you to go to their school. Also do research on how the job market is out there for what you are going for. You just have to do research is all. I had to learn the hard way when I attended this one school, and it was just a learning experience for me. I went to this school, got a loan and took classes. I never looked up reviews on the school, never researched on how the market was for jobs out there in the career path I was planning on taking or anything like that. I graduated from the school and never got a job in the field I was going for. Although I was promised that they would get me a job and even help me on finding a job. Yes there have been some students from that school who have gotten jobs after graduating and most of them were not from the classes I took. So I guess that was basically my fault for not doing my research. That's why I really say do your research before you take a leap into something.
@much2say (38813)
• United States
22 Aug 12
It's sometimes hard to interpret reviews online. Like when I was reading all these reviews about schools for our daughter (the schools in the area we moved to are not too good), my head was swimming because there were both negative and positive comments . . . just who and what can you believe? I was told not to solely rely on online reviews . . . that you'll find more negative comments because they are usually from angry or disappointed folk - and they are the ones who want to scream out their particular experience - which may or may not apply to other people (it could be an isolated case). But, you can't help but wonder when you read these things. We decided to stay with the school my daughter has been going to since kindergarten. Now, it's a great school for a lot of good reasons, but the ratings and some reviews do not reflect it. But from my experience, I know that it has done wonders for my child - so we will stick by our school. And I know that we can't believe everything we read (or at least make our decisions based just on the reviews). So sometimes you will have to experience it for yourself to reach your conclusion. Like you said, you wanted to learn something new anyway . . . and sometimes it's not the school you attend - it's where you take the knowledge that you have. My hubby switched from an art career to an engineering field . . . he took some classes at a community college for it but never got an official degree for math or engineering, but a list of events (good and bad) got him to where he is now. Sometimes it's about taking chances!! Good luck!!!