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Hi there,

First off, I'm not talking about interpreter burnout, I'm talking about someone nearly burning out in X career, leaving X career then trying to become an interpreter. I like to think that anything is possible but at times that thought seems to disappear and to leave me hanging in despair.

Are there any special steps a near-burnout should take? Can a near-burnout brain cope with interpreting? Thoughts? Advice?

Thanks!

asked 04 Apr '13, 15:25

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... I would not presume to advise, here go some thoughts:

  • do not jump from the pan into the fire, ie take some time out and recharge batteries, if possible in a different setting
  • use such time, inter alia, to extract lessons as to why the burn-out, ie was it the place, the people, the circumstances, the workload, etc
  • whatever it was, avoid it in your after-life, at least during the initial stages :-)
  • does your occasional "despair" stem from the "objective" difficulties of this trade or from your "subjective" performance? If the former, good - it IS difficult :-), try harder... if the latter - seek guidance from your tutors and support from your colleagues... and try harder :-)
  • "can a near burn-out brain cope with interpreting?": assuming burn-out to be metaphorical as opposed to clinical, sure... not only with "near burn-out" came a lot of knowledge that can be put to good use in interpreting, but if you deal with it properly it may give you a welcome edge :-) .

Good luck!

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answered 04 Apr '13, 17:12

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