Sparking Your passion in the Interpreting Field.

Passion plays a key part in how we approach our work, why we wake up every morning, and why we work so hard at providing the best interpretations for all the stakeholders involved. You are more than ‘just’ an interpreter who does this job. Having passion for what you do and knowing how your strengths makes you the best at what you do everyday makes such a big difference in the interpreting work. You matter, your choices matter, and being present and always being aware of the human dynamics that you are faced with everyday matters.

Do you take risks? Do you challenge yourself to grow beyond your comfort zone? Do you continue to ask questions? We can always step up and say we love what we do and we will try our very best every single day.  Be around people who you would like to model your language from, or interpreting behaviors from, or feel inspired by. Get a mentor in the field who will help you grow and develop your skills on a weekly basis. When we are passionate–we want to be awesome at what we do. The thing is we don’t just wake up awesome, we have to work at it.  So know yourself, know your work, and be the best interpreter you can be starting right now. Believe in yourself.

3 thoughts on “Sparking Your passion in the Interpreting Field.

  1. I am a fairly new interpreter, I have been working for almost a year. My questions is how do I challenge myself by accepting ‘harder’ jobs, without risking accepting something I am not qualified to do!? I love what I am doing and want to grow within the field but I also want to give my consumer the best interpreter for the job!!

    1. What a wonderful question to ask and one that we don’t ask enough. First we have to break down what ‘harder’ jobs means to you. Then break it down by skills that you would need to have for those specific jobs. (world knowledge,interpreting models, ASL language/English language, decision-making latitude, confidence, discourse mapping skills, etc.) Do you have those skills? What are some things that you can do now that will help you to develop and strengthen those skills? Keep track of your improvement, work with a mentor, reflect on how you are doing and improving. Continue to work up to a goal or a specific job and once you see the change documented and are noticing consistent improvement you should be ready.The side effect of deliberate practice and skill is self-confidence. The belief that you can accomplish anything is vital in your growth in the field and being the best interpreter you can be. When we practice over and over again we are then able to go in to a job feeling we have had the ‘experience’ because we have already done it a thousand times. Keep practicing, developing your skills, and measure specific skills you need for the jobs you want to do.

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