I was asked to share a few encouraging words for new interpreters entering the field. I’ve been interpreting for 15 years now and have done some mentoring with newer interpreters who feel unsure of themselves. Often, I see that they have great skills and attitudes, but the barrier seems to be their own sense of self-esteem and confidence. They feel like they can’t do the job and that they are not good enough, and my job was to let them know that they can do it.So, I think sometimes the biggest barrier to newer interpreters is that they are overly self-critical. So, it’s really important to be gentle with yourself. Good luck.
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