Kevin Rovegno, one of Strada's Staff Transcribers, puts his linguistics degree to good use, sheds light on how a transcriber might inadvertently learn a bit of coding, and shares his fave mystery series.
How did you find your way to Strada?
Coming out of college with a degree in linguistics, I was unsure how to continue. Most of my peers went directly into teaching. Strada's job posting caught my eye with its grammar test for a position I wasn't even aware existed at the time, that of a transcriber. As I learned about the TypeWell software and its underpinning speech-to-text philosophy, I was quickly hooked.
What do you do at Strada?
My main assignment is on site at a local high school where I work with a deaf student, transcribing classes through the day. I've also done remote classes at the college level. I supplement this with work from Strada's Captioning and Accessible Text departments which can be performed from home.
What do you love about your work?
I love the regular exposure to new topics, whether through transcribing, captioning, or accessible text, each with their own technical vocabularies, and the constant learning that each involves. It is challenging but very rewarding to render accessible the words of teachers, speakers, authors, and other experts.
What’s something interesting you’ve learned on the job recently?
I've learned some basic Python through transcribing a computer science course.
How do you think accessibility will change in the next ten years?
I think accessibility will move away from being something that must be specifically requested to something that is increasingly provided as a matter of course for its many benefits to all involved. Even beyond education, there are many opportunities for the growth of accessibility in business, government, religion, and other areas.
What do you love to do when you’re not working?
I love to go for a run and then come home and not move at all by reading a book.
What was your first or most unusual job? What did you learn from it?
Working at a car wash in high school, where I learned important cleaning principles.
What jams, books, films, or blogs are you hooked on right now?
The Bryant & May series of mysteries by Christopher Fowler.
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