Interpreter 4-1-1: Ways Interpreters Can Stay Passionate
You will meet interpreters who are burnt out and no longer care about doing their best. Perhaps they are satisfied with their entry level certification. Or they only go to workshops to get their required CEUs.
Here are some suggestions to keep that spark that drew you into the Interpreter profession in the first place:
- Plan to go to a workshop with interpreter friends.
- Mentor an eager Interpreter Training Program student.
- Go to deaf social events.
- Seek opportunities to team interpret.
- Network with other interpreters.
- Do pro bono interpreting work.
- Sign up with an agency to try new areas of interpreting.
- Seek out more deaf friends.
- Stay in touch with interpreter friends outside of just interpreting work.
- Look at workshops outside of your local geographic area.
- Share your experiences with others (ie. write a blog).
There are lots of ways to challenge yourself and keep your interpreting skills sharp. These tips will help you stay passionate and engaged in the community.
How do you stay passionate and engaged as an interpreter? Share your thoughts in the comments below.