Dressed with suit and tie, holding the starbucks coffee, you walk into your office with confidence. I'm sure most of you have pictured your future career life, so do I. Now I major in the English interpretation and translation, I have imagined my career to be an interpreter. However, being a successful interpreter requires lots of abilities.
First of all, there's no doubt that interpreters should have a thorough knowledge about the languages. It doesn't only mean that they know the languages well but also the culture. Professional interpreters should first help the listeners overcome the cultural barrier and then interpret the speaking precisely.
Secondly, interpreters are required to respond rapidly. In simultaneous interpretation, they are supposed to follow the speaker almost at the same time. On the other hand, some unexpected situations may happen. Thus, their rapid response is needed to deal with the situations. For example, let's assume that the speaker says something really rude to express his anger. The interpreter, however, in order not to destroy the cooperation, may interpret the speaker's saying in a soft or gentle way, which means that the interpreter should possess the ability of judging the situation rapidly.
The last but not least, they are required to catch the main idea of the speaking and take notes in an efficient way. The interpreters are not the machine, so it happens that they don't know some words during the speaking. But since the interpreters' work is to catch main ideas instead of every single word, they should balance the importance of the information and take notes to help them re-express.
In conclusion, thorough understanding about the languages, rapid response and the ability of seizing the main idea are the basic skills to train to be a professional interpreter. Nevertheless, as you can see, there are so many excellent students in this EIT major, the occupation is competitive and other more useful abilities should also be taken into consideration.