Looking to improve your interpreting skills?

11th Jan 2013

Knowledge is Power: Check out these courses to build your path to the highest standards of Professional Public Service Interpreting.

This week‘s blog looks at ways aspiring interpreters can enhance their repertoire of communication skills to go beyond their spoken languages.

Being an experienced interpreter, for 2 or 20 years, is best exemplified in the level of communication you can sustain in overcoming the barriers of language.  The act of interpreting is integral in building professional relationships of trust between two parties, whether it be doctor and patient, or solicitor and client. As such, specialised knowledge becomes a vital asset to any interpreter; thus the process of learning and demonstrating their skill set is the strongest tool they have.

 It is common knowledge that when applying for jobs, how you appear on paper means everything. Not having the correct qualifications or experience can cost you the job you had your hopes set on.

How can Public Service Interpreters, who are looking to increase their working hours, make their CVs stand out above the rest?

This week Pearl Linguistics is providing key tips on how every interpreter can continue their essential self-development.

Boost your CV

Certification of your skills is the best way to demonstrate your experience. There are many courses you can take - based within your local community – that will provide you with great opportunities to perfect your professional interpreting manner. These are just a few:

Community Interpreting Courses (Levels 1, 2 and 3):

These courses are open to people who have no previous interpreting experience, but wish to gain experience in the field. Ideal for beginners looking to practise and build their language interpreting skills in a professional, working environment.  Many courses also provide invaluable training on key aspects of interpreting such Immigration Issues and Mental Health Interpreting.

Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) Courses:

DPSI courses provide beneficial academic accolades as well as vital experience that Business and Public Service providers expect from skilled interpreters. The course is a first degree-level qualification, which not only represents a great asset to your CV, but also provides the pathway onto Masters Degree level courses. Furthermore, successful candidates can apply for registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) and/or membership with the Chartered Institute or Linguists (IoL).

Bachelors and Masters Degree courses

When it comes to University interpreting and translations courses in the UK, you are spoilt for choice. Many courses offer the opportunity for specialism in certain aspects such as Law or Health.  Furthermore, you also will gain vital experience in the field when you carry out work placements with agencies like us!  For interpreters that are keen to excel academically to support their profession, this could be an invaluable step in your career-path.

Obtain a Standard or Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau Check (CRB)

CRB Certificates (Standard or Enhanced) are an essential document for any interpreter to get work. These should be updated every year, and you should be ready to provide copies to your potential or current employers.  Furthermore, when you do receive a call from an agency offering you work, it will make your application look more professional if a CRB is provided in the first instance. Of course, if you do not have a CRB check, employers can assist you with the application. Please note: Due to recent changes in 2013 issued by the Government, CRB checks will soon become known as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates. For more information, please visit the Home Office website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/

Never stop learning

All good interpreters, who are specialised in certain fields of communication, keep abreast of the key words they must interpret day-to-day. Medical interpreters for example should enhance their relevant knowledge of health issues, human anatomy and medical terminology.

So why not give your CV an all-important sparkle and your brain a work-out and enrol on one of these courses today?

If you have any questions on how to expand your interpreting skills, experience and qualifications why not give Pearl a call on 0207 253 7700 and choose option 3 for Recruitment.


Jennifer Gildea, Recruitment Manager



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