Typing is a necessary skill for today's students.
In today's ever-evolving world, a student's ability to type fluently enables them to focus on what they're typing vs. how to type. Being able to quickly share thoughts and send them to their teacher from any location is much more efficient than using paper and pencil.
Shorthand allows accurate notes to be taken effortlessly over a long period of time, and enables the minute-taking secretary to feel more confident that they are getting everything down and not missing anything in their course of taking minutes.
The duration of a course to learn what Shorthand is between 6 months to 1 year. The main aspect that is taken into consideration is the typing speed and the efficient way one can type. After doing a course in shorthand and typing, one can then apply for the job of a stenographer.