After interpreting voluntarily for several years, I have finally achieved the certification as a Community Interpreter. I have my CILISAT certification. This means I can officially start receiving payment for my interpreting services (French to English and English to French). You can’t even imagine my excitement. After dreaming of doing this for so many years, I am finally living my dream. When I think of how this came about, all I can say is persistence and hard work pay off. I took courses, learned from other interpreters and read books. Not giving up is key to achieving our goals.
In addition, practice makes perfect, so volunteering is a good way to kick-start the process. I remember volunteering for organizations such as Jaku Konbit, St. Paul’s university, University of Ottawa, All Nations full gospel church, Club Mount Cameroon, Malaika TV, Glomedia inc. and Kilimandjaro radio, have helped hone my interpreting skills over the years.
Being success driven does not mean you should strive for perfection, but take all the steps to achieve the goal. Do not despise the days of small beginnings and strive for greatness. There is greatness on the inside of you.
Now, I just need to practice and continuously improve my skills and abilities to be the best interpreter I could be. Therefore, friends, do not give up on your dreams, for there is a green light at the end of the tunnel. Contact me should you require interpreting services at your events, meetings, conferences, etc.
Have a blessed week!