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After a master in conference interpreting, can I work as a liaison interpreter instead? Even without the proper degree in translation and liaison interpreting?

asked 09 Mar '18, 06:55

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Hi Louise, it depends on where your market is. In most cases, liaison interpreting is seen as a lesser interpreting skill, and many people do it without any degree at all. Conference-style consecutive might come in handy once in a while.

What most people ignore is that liaison takes a lot of people and diplomatic skills. So while language requirements may not be as high as for conference interpreting, you need to have much greater people skills. Things like being very organized so you know the schedule as well as the group, knowing how to get from place to place in case the organization messes up; knowing when to start working, when not to get distracted, when to back off; knowing the cultural differences so that you can explain when needed, or just knowing how to find the information they need when they need it. I very much enjoyed the time I worked as a liaison interpreter.

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answered 09 Mar '18, 12:58

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Ca dépendra de la législation nationale. Quand bien même celle-ci ne mettrait pas la barre très haut pour l'accès à cette profession protégée, tu aurais tout intérêt à suivre une formation ciblée pour t'éviter la frustration d'apprendre sur le tas et au préjudice de gens qui ont besoin d'un service de qualité alors qu'il en va de leur vie ou de leur liberté, selon que tu exerces en milieu médical ou judiciaire.

Pour l'ordre juridique français :

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answered 09 Mar '18, 07:02

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edited 09 Mar '18, 07:08

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