Are you Bilingual?
Want to be Your Own Boss?
Want to Start Your Own Business?
Do you Like Working and Helping Others?
If you answered YES, then this might be the Career for YOU!
Now, you MUST REMEMBER that it will take more than JUST BEING BILINGUAL to become a Professional Interpreter, it’s going to take; professional skills, training and much more!… But DON’T WORRY! I have everything you need to get you started on your Career!
I’ve been in this industry for over 17+ years. I started as a “Freelance Interpreter” and within a few months I started my own Interpreting agency. While running my agency I was also Training New “Potential” Interpreters and teaching the Does and Don’ts of this wonderful Industry.
While things were running smoothly and business was great, unfortunately after 8 years in business the economy crashed, but not only was this detrimental to the business, but also during this same timeframe I was going through a bad pregnancy (almost lost my Baby Girl) and to make matters worse my father was also diagnosed with Brain Cancer (Stage 4 Glioblastoma) who after just a few months passed away. With all these horrible and painful things going on I decided to close my business and go back to Freelancing, as well as Training New Potential Interpreters. And believe me, I enjoy being a Freelancer more than running an Agency 🙂 Why, well I don’t have to deal with bureaucracy and headaches that come along with running a large business 🙂 Again, don’t get me wrong it’s a very lucrative business and industry to be in, but YOU MUST BE PREPARED to work around the clock to make your business work vs a Freelancer / Entrepreneur you get to work when you want, earn as much as you want and have the freedom that you want – sounds great, right?
Fast forward; Thankfully I survived the “Economy Crash” and here I am still enjoying this wonderful industry providing services to various companies across the Globe, but more importantly I get to Train and work with New Potential Interpreters.
On another note, you will see online that there’s various Training programs focusing on Medical, Legal and Conference Interpretation / Certification; however, if you don’t have the Basic Skills and understanding as to how this industry works, or how to run your own freelance / entrepreneur business then let me tell you, you are ONLY setting yourself for failure!
Why, well as you may be aware there’s hundreds, if not thousands of young college students who go to College for years and years and after graduating they find themselves unable to obtain a job in their industry. Why? Well, because during their years in College they never got into internships, nor did they work in a similar industry to mirror their college career goal, therefore making them Non Competative!
Trust me when I say: Becoming a Certified Medical, Legal Interpreter is GREAT! BUT, if you don’t have the skills, qualifications, or understanding of this industry, YOU MY FRIEND WILL NOT GET FAR! Although, I am NOT YET CERTIFIED, I do have OVER 18 years of Professional experience, as well as the skills, the qualifications to work in any industry I choose and TRUST ME, my clients will pay my fees and will prefer to hire me vs a Certified Interpreter, why? Well, because of my experience!
Note: I finally have the time and I’m currently working on my Certification – because it is a VALUABLE ASSET to have!