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I was hoping to stay anon since this question is about confidentiality, but oh well... It is really hard going out to interpret for friends and having my parents be so inquisitive about it when I get home. I tell them not to talk about it, but then they get defensive. My dad is in the habit of asking, so...how did it go? How do you think you did, blah blah who went... all the questions I cannot answer. Still in an ITP, I need to practice confidentiality before I start working. Help??
Yes, I’ve been in the same boat before! I’ve found that there is an art to answering questions like these. An art that takes practice and at times even the best can goof up and spill too many beans. Take note of what questions come up that you feel iffy about answering. Afterward jot down some ideas on how to answer them vaguely. For example:
who did you interpret for today? My Deaf and hearing clients of course. ;)
how did it go? (Answer about your work as the interpreter) I think I did really well! There were a few concepts I didn’t understand that I need to work on, luckily the client understood (or) asked the hearing person for clarification and life went on.
Where was the assignment? Oh just at the other end of town.
The important thing to remember is that your parents are probably really excited for you and are showing their interest in your accomplishments. as long as you do your best to remain confidential, you should be fine. Take a minute to decide what information is OK to divulge and what is not before answering. Over time this will come more naturally to you and you wont be upsetting anyone because of it.
i hope this helps!
let me know if anything else comes up!
I noticed your blog, And its's legit! Im graduating from high school this year and I plan on studying to become an interpreter. I was wondering if you have any advice on how I should go about starting this profession?
Get involved with the Deaf community. the best teachers are right there! Plus, by being involved, you can be up to date on recent hot topics related to the community and gain acceptance among the people you will be working with. :) search universities/colleges in your area and see if any offer an interpreting program (ITP or IPP) interpreter training program or interpreter preparation program. Find yourself some amazing mentors! At least one interpreting mentor and one Deaf language mentor. Lastly, when you are taking your performance test, have fun with it! Yes this is a serious profession, but the last thing you want is to feel stressed about your interpreting performance during a test.
I hope this helps! If at anytime you or anyone has a question about interpreting, don’t hesitate to ask! :)
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Hi! I'm an ASL student and I'm looking into an interpreting program for college. Do you have any advice that you would be willing to share? My teacher used to be a full time interpreter, and I wanted to hear more opinions than just hers. :) thanks!
Sure! What kind of advice have you been told already?
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