For her, it was a big motivation to finish school, and enter the field. She talked to lots of working reporters and was given advice. She sat in seminars and attended presentations. Overall, she had a great experience.
Our conversation continued on about motivation to keep going through school and not throwing in the towel, when frustrations ran high. She also told me she joined as a student member in the NCRA. She loved receiving the Journal of Court Reporting and read all the articles and employment pages. For her, seeing the income potential all over the nation was motivating. I can see how that could help light a fire in you to start making a nice income and start a forever career.
That being said, I looked on NCRA.Org at the cost of memebership as a student. $65.00 for a year, ending 12/31/14. However, because we are already in May the cost was $32.50. I signed up. I will post more when I start getting my subscription. Besides the JCR, you also have access to the NCRA store, they have online forums and can connect with other students. Lastly, they also have a virtual mentor program. SEE LINKS BELOW
End of July this year it will be in San Francisco. (One of my fav places) Since I just started, I would never convince my hubby to spring for that trip, so I looked at next summer. 2015 conference will be in New York. 2016 in Chicago. 2017 in Las Vegas.
I also want to add that my state (Washington) has conferences as well. These would be less costly for travel expenses. I will have to look into it further. Click below to find your local association. I am not buying plane tickets anytime soon, but it is still fun to look and dream that maybe next summer I will be far enough along to make it worth while to attend the New York conference. Fingers Crossed. Plus, I really need a vacation:)