The successful conference interpreter's checklist
Management is key to a successful career as a conference interpreter. Here's a checklist for beginners.
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- Keep track of all job offers and their status
- Maintain a database of people who have offered you work and when
- Keep regular recruiters informed of your availability.
A conference interpreter’s checklist
- Valid ID card and/or passport
- Mobile phone, fax, answering service, high-capacity email
- Make your details known to your business contacts
- Valid work permits
- International vaccination booklet (for long-distance assignments at short notice)
- Tax returns and social security charges
- Banking instructions and credit cards details
- Health, travel and other insurance cover
- Up-to-date database of colleagues and contacts.
- A good travel agent to turn to for travel arrangements
- Business cards (learn when to use them and when not to)
- Up-to-date curriculum vitae
- Filing system for your engagement contracts
- AIIC dues and other professional subscriptions
- Filing system for articles, documentation and other job-related paperwork
- Business card binder
- File management system (to keep track of potential clients, recruiters, job announcements, terminology).
Make the most of your free time
- Learn to take time off and rest when you can;
- Keep abreast of current events;
- Surf the Internet and subscribe to publications of interest, read them and make notes
- Hone your language skills, including your mother tongue
- Improve your knowledge in specific fields
Recommended citation format:VEGA Network. "The successful conference interpreter's checklist". aiic.net January 25, 2005. Accessed April 6, 2020. <http://aiic.net/p/1677>.
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