If you have can speak more than two languages, like people, and have a good memory, then you should consider a career as an interpreter. Interpreters use their knowledge of languages to convert a spoken or signed language into another spoken or signed language. They usually work as a go between over the phone or in person between people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. They may also convert the spoken word into sign language for the deaf community, or vice versa.
Interpreters also translate written documents or audio/visual materials into a different spoken language or sign language. They often travel with tourist guides to interpret cultural or historical information for foreign tourists. Interpreters work in a variety of locations and situations including courts, schools, medical and welfare facilities, international conferences, and cultural and tourist attractions. They may also work for government departments such as immigration and law enforcement. They usually specialise in a particular language combination and may also specialise in a particular area such as law or welfare. Work hours are often irregular and the work is usually part-time. Interpreters may be required to be on call.
Interpreters responsibilities include interpreting verbal or signed communications between two groups of people, providing simultaneous or consecutive interpretations of conversations or speeches and orally translating written texts.
- Fluent in two or more foreign languages
- Excellent communication and public speaking skills
- Ability to liaise with people from different cultural backgrounds