Tell me about your work as an interpreter.
November 12, 2010 9:18 PM Subscribe
Have you ever worked as an interpreter, had experience working closely with interpreters, or used one yourself? I'm pondering quitting my boring, but unstressful part-time job to work as a Spanish medical interpreter, and am looking for inside stories of what the job may really be like.
posted by wansac to Work & Money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a full-time undergrad, planning to attend grad school full-time starting in September 2011. I have held the same well-paid part-time job for over two years, and although it isn't stressful and includes nice benefits (such as medical insurance), I'm really, really bored. It does look good on my resume, but is in no way related to the field I want to go into. I frequently feel frustrated by my job, as I don't feel that I'm doing anything productive (other than making money, which could be accomplished in other ways).
I'm a native English speaker, and have studied Spanish for over two years. I recently passed the first portion of my state's interpreter certification exam, and am fairly confident that I will pass the second (and final) part of it sometime in the next 6 months. I am interested in moving into this field, but because I am a student and my main focus in life right now is on completing school, I am concerned this job will turn out to be stressful or exhausting. This job would be related to the field I'm hoping to go into, it would be a pay-raise over my current job (although I honestly don't need the extra money at the the moment), and would look more impressive on my resume than my current job. There are also aspects of it that I know I would enjoy and find rewarding, unlike my current job... but there are also aspects of it that may make me feel much worse than my current job.
So, given this situation, I'm looking for more information about "the human side" of being an interpreter, and general advice on making a job-change in the near future.