A Career as an Interpreter…
When it’s time to choose a career there are plenty of options available. The most beneficial career choice will combine your skills with your personal interests and passions.
Do you enjoy languages and cultures? Then if you enjoy other languages and different cultures, a career as an Interpreter will be ideal for you.
To become a Professional Interpreter you need to know the different ways to effectively interpret and translate from one language to another.
You need to learn all the “good, bad, and evil”
This industry is great, but you must learn all the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the industry!
Now, to become an interpereter or translator it takes more than just “speaking a second language”… You need;
- Fluency in at least two or more languages (including English) – this is an essential skill for the role of an Interpreter.
- Learn about how to become a professional Interpreter in medical, legal, etc.
- This will set you apart as a professional, but more importantly it will create a greater demand for your services.
- Understand thatsome agencies may require a bachelor’s degree, certification, etc and so much more….
This career offers a multitude of job opportunities because there are different industries for which interpretation and translation are needed and in today’s multicultural, business world, the demand for language interpreters is growing and the need for more professional interpreters increases each day. So Get Trained!
Things to ponder: Many companies may employ language interpreters in either a part time or full-time capacity; however, many interpreters choose to be self-employed because it allows them to provide services to a wide range of industries.
It’s expected that with the progression of time, job opportunities in this field will definitely exceed the national average, causing an increase in salary and charges for interpreting services. And, it’s important to know that the greatest benefit of this market growth will be to those interpreters who specialize in certain services, languages, as well as those that are trained or certified!
What is your Role as a Professional Interpreter?
Do you know? Well, to start your role as an interpreter will be to enhance cross-cultural communication becasue the basic concept of interpretation and translation goes far beyond the simple conversion of one language into the next.
Now, while translating words and sentences is essential, it is also your responsibility to relay the existing concept and, if necessary, the meaning of those words between the two languages.
It is imporant to ensure that all parties understand and not just hear the words in their own language. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the subject matter as well as how the subject matter relates in both languages is very essential (terminology).
Along with all of these duties, a professional interpreter should also be very sensitive to each and every culture associated with any language.
Harvey Mackay once said, “Find something to do that you love and you will never work a day in your life”.