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Dan Steadman

No ordinary job

Why for interpreters the reward is worth the challenge.

Imagine that your voice was the only way that a person could properly understand what medicine to take.

Imagine that your voice was the only way a person could accurately describe their feelings after being a victim of crime.

It would be a heavy responsibility, and yet for the thousands of ezispeak interpreters across Australia and New Zealand, this is the reality of their daily working life.

Most of us when we start work each day have a relatively clear idea of what that day and that job will entail.

That’s not the case for interpreters – each interpreting session they’re part of can be wildly different from the last, with the highest of highs and the lowest of laws.

We’ve talked before about the everyday challenges for interpreters – you can read more about it here. <https://www.ezispeak.com.au/news-and-media/the-modern-interpreters-story>

But what actually motivates interpreters?

For some, they had struggles with language when they immigrated from their original country to Australia or New Zealand, and they don’t want others to struggle as much as they did.

Similarly, there are interpreters who may have seen their own parents or grandparents struggle with the language, and want others to avoid that fate.

Some interpreters see their role as part of language preservation – the more they can hep other speakers of that language, the more likely it is that the language survives into the long term.

For many, it’s simply because they want to make the world a better, more equitable place for all, regardless of the language anyone speaks, and this is the way they can make the biggest difference.

Almost universally, when we speak to interpreters they are proud of the role they serve, and feel rewarded by their work on a daily basis.

It’s a remarkable job performed by remarkable people.

After all, how many of us can truly say they are making a difference?

Every single one of ezispeak’s interpreters across Australia and New Zealand can.

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