Being a professional, one has to stop to recharge. One of the many ways to recharge is by learning.
The best way to learn is through workshops.
I did this. I enrolled to a workshop that not also kept me with the standards of industries but kept me informed with the experts in the field.
The workshop that I attended was organized by the University of Indonesia via its business unit LBI. The workshop was: “Professional Interpreter’s Workshop”.
It was a recharging experience, and that all professional interpreters should do. It helps the mind and body to focus on the job better. An investment worth doing.
As a linguist (translator for the language pair English to Bahasa Indonesia), I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to see Dubai during one of my projects relating to language rendering.
The four week training in Dubai had been a smaller portion of a larger part of the language project itself. The rest of the execution of the project, the actual project was about six months, and was to be conducted remote in my part of the world, in Indonesia.
By remote, I mean that the client is on one side of the globe and the project execution is in another part of the world. And, what brought the client and the provider to one place was in this nice place called Dubai.
In Dubai, I had to endure a four week long training provided by the client in that post training I would be able to utilize the software and all the necessary procedures to conduct and finish the project.
The training was a full day training for four weeks. The typical week was from Sunday to Thursday, this was because we were in a world where weekends fall on Fridays and Saturdays. It was one of the best experiences that any translator, linguist could ever experienced.
During this project I had two other Indonesians who were also working in this project. We had been a great team due to the fact that the client had such experience in doing the projects before that this one that I experienced was no exception.
Long story short, being a translator has its moments of good times. And, being in Dubai to do a project paid for by someone else, sure is a good time. An experience I myself could not have thought was possible.
Indonesians…be a translator not just the language pair of English to Indonesian, be a translator in other language pairs. I can assure you if you can do it professionally, things will be great. But being professional, is not an easy task. Just focus and go with the flow.
My first language project that took me abroad, outside Indonesia was an interpreting project.
It was such an experience because the process of getting the project was a long one, it took almost six months.
This interpreting project was for a training in the restaurant industry. It took around two days.
There was another Indonesian who also worked on this, she was an Indonesian living in Singapore.
The project was simultaneous interpreting. During this project I had to use a tool. Most simultaneous interpreting usually endure this procedure.
The simultaneous interpreting was a hard process in that you had to concentrate hard to do the job. Overall, it was an extraordinary experience.