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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

Salary Range
€24k - €62k
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In Brief...

Translates spoken words from one language to another.

Knowledge

  • Foreign Language Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills

  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

In Summary - Interpreter

Career Sectors

Interpreters typically work in the following Career Sectors:

International Organisations
Government, Politics & EU
Translation
History, Culture & Languages
Languages
History, Culture & Languages

Videos & Interviews

Breda Ni Mhaoláin, Interpreter

Breda Ni Mhaoláin works as an Interpreter for the European Parliment. After she completed a BA in Irish and Psychology in NUI Galway, she did a masters in Translation. Following a few years working, she specialised by doing a diploma in Conference Interpreting.

Breda Ni Mhaoláin, Translator / Interpreter

Breda is currently employed as an Editor in the translation section of the Houses of the Oireachtas. Breda was raised in Connemara and grew up speaking Irish, she loves that even though she is now in Dublin her job still enables her to speak the language on a daily basis. 

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Further Information

The Work - Interpreter

The Interpreter converts the spoken word from one language into another. This involves interpreting conversation, questions, statements and speeches made in different languages. There are basically three types of interpreting: consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting and liaison interpreting.  
 
In consecutive interpreting, the Interpreter waits until the speaker has finished speaking and then gives the full content of what has been said in the language into which it is to be interpreted (i.e. the 'target' language).  
 
In simultaneous interpreting the Interpreter gives the translated version almost simultaneously with that of the original speaker. Most interpretation is simultaneous. The interpreter needs to convey the feeling and tone of the speaker to the audience.  
 
Liaison interpreting is used for conversations or interviews, when the interpreter translates into and out of both languages.  
 
Interpreters may work in different locations and need to be willing to travel anywhere at short notice.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
  • Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
  • Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
  • Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.
  • Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.
  • Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
  • Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.
  • Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
  • Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.
  • Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Interests - Interpreter

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Linguistic

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Qualities

Interpreting demands an outgoing personality, a lack of timidity, coolness under pressure, mental and physical stamina, and the ability to acquire on short notice and absorb for a short period at least a superficial knowledge of a new art or discipline. The work can be stressful and requires excellent concentration as you are responsible for accurate, unbiased interpretation of concepts that may be complex.  
 
The ability to consider two languages at the same time needs great concentration. So, interpreters usually work in pairs, taking turns of thirty minutes each.  
 
Good hearing and clear speech are essential in order to become an interpreter.  
 
An interpreter should be willing to travel, however, with the increasing use of teleconferencing and videoconferencing, in these situations, interpreters can work from any telephone or video/web conference facilities.

Entry Requirements - Interpreter

Pay & Salary - Interpreter

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €24k - €62k

Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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