Joining the Workforce

It can be a very daunting idea – joining or re-joining the workforce.  Whether you are just leaving college and about to enter into the workforce for the first time, or you have been working for a long time but had to take a break because of having a baby, going back to school, or a myriad of other reasons, it is a challenge that could scare anyone.

There are many easy steps, tips, and advice blogs out there for just that purpose. There are also counselors, statistics, and professionals that specialize in the category. The good news for those entering the workforce for the first time is that colleges are better preparing students for a long term career, and large companies like Google are starting to hire people just out of college or even high school.  For those re-entering the workforce, experience and ability to self-assess are valuable assets to employers.

So how do you prepare and what can you tell yourself to best equip you for the task at hand?

Get to know the industry. So many sites exist online, like LinkedIn, Facebook, and more, in addition to the blog after blog, customer review, and online transparency of most companies today. Look at the company in depth, see who is competing for the job you’re going for, and truthfully take a look at your skills in comparison. Risk taking could be a bold statement to employers if you have the right attitude and passion for the job and the company.

It’s incredibly important to remember to be true to yourself. Just as companies are becoming more transparent thanks to online blogs and reviews, people are also pretty visible online now. What you do is documented in social media pictures, posts, and other things you may not even know about. Own who you are, own your mistakes, and look at them as opportunities.

The bottom line is that preparing yourself is the first step, and that starts with education and research. We at Interpreter Education Online can offer both if your field of choice is Interpretation or Translation. Even if not, we may be able to point you in the right direction! Join the conversation on Facebook and LinkedIn!


The Future of Online Learning

Society often has its ways of “predicting” the future. We see it in films, books, and scientific studies. Some predictions are incredibly accurate while others completely miss the mark. One prediction, however, has not only been accurate, but continues to grow beyond its original scope – that is the future of online learning.

In 2010, online learning was on the rise, with over a million students more than the previous year in college classes. In 2011, nearly 30% of all college and university students were enrolled in at least one online class. That number has only continued to grow.

As the technology advances and our ability to access and utilize technology becomes easier, learning and training take on new forms yearly. What was the new trend last year has quickly become old hat as new trends take over. The access to smartphones and tablets has increased substantially and most employees have at least one, if not both. In business, this means that training employees has never been more cost efficient or effective. Through these advances, businesses are able to create in demand training that can even go so far as to offer real-time training at the push of a button. The decreasing cost of HD cameras, video editing software, and ready availability of access to clouds and increased bandwidth make it surprisingly easy for even the smallest of businesses to train their employees at a fraction of previous costs.

Video content is predicted to be the most in-demand kind of training in the next ten years and short term, real-time training is expected to take over. With 24 hour access to the internet and the ability to work on one’s own schedule, it seems that businesses should be paying close attention to this trend and utilizing it to the best of their abilities.

Interpreter Education Online has been a force in the online learning community since its inception, and continues to adapt to these training trends.  Our new series on webinars offer a concise list of in-demand subject matter for low cost and easy access. Check out what we have to offer and join the conversation on Facebook and LinkedIn! Your voice matters!

Know the Law

Interpreters are faced with many difficult challenges. Those in the medical, community,  and legal fields have many laws, rules, and guidelines to follow, on top of the interpreter code of ethics. In the hospital or in the courtroom, an interpreter and his or her accurate interpretation can sometimes mean the difference between life and death, or innocent or guilty. More and more hospitals are turning to certified interpreters, and the legal field is doing the same. But certification doesn’t necessarily ensure that each interpreter stays up to date on laws, or their varying applications at the Federal and State levels.

Did you know that a new study has shown medical errors are now the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer? It’s astounding, to say the least. And the news is filled with stories about court cases being compromised because of a wrong interpretation or lack of proper interpretation.

As the demand for interpreters grows, so do some organization’s oversights in hiring qualified and certified interpreters. So what can you do to ensure you are doing everything you can to adhere to all the laws, rules, codes, and guidelines of the industry?

Continuing education is always helpful, as is knowledge of terminology and procedure. Courses such as these are offered at Interpreter Education Online.

We are also offering an exclusive webinar on May 24th, with Bruce Adelson, a former DOJ prosecutor and expert in federal compliance. This webinar, entitled “Interpreter Standards of Conduct and the Law”, will go over the essentials of HIPAA, codes of ethics, and federal law. It is an imperative learning experience for medical and legal interpreters alike. The webinar is $45 if you register by May 20th, and $55 after May 20th. This is the second webinar in a new series with more to come every month. Join us May 24th and beyond, and join the conversation on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages!

The Value of Webinars

It’s no secret that webinars have been a growing trend in every industry for a while now. Attending a live seminar or conference is obviously beneficial, as is taking an online training course. But a webinar speaks to the heart of our fast-paced and steadily increasing business world’s main need: “get it done now, and move on to the next task.”

A webinar allows you to learn a great deal about a specialized topic while at the comfort of your desk or home computer. It cuts down on travel time and still allows you to participate via live chats and the live broadcast. It takes an hour or two out of your day compared to half a day or even a full day.

The benefits are not just ease of access and comfort, either. A study shows that webinars in the professional community are 87% as effective or more effective than in person or online learning. In addition, 76% of trainers use the same materials in their webinars that they do for online or in person training.

Interpreter Education Online is happy to join the trend. Kicking off May 3rd is our first webinar, hosted by renowned CEO and interpreter Jinny Bromberg. It deals with Vicarious Trauma, the emotional residue of exposure to various traumatic situations that many professions, including interpreters may carry with them. Accredited by CCHI for CEUs, this webinar is only $30 and lasts for one hour.

On May 24th, hugely successful federal consultant and advocate Bruce Adelson takes on our second webinar, covering HIPAA for interpreters. This webinar is $45 and lasts for one hour, also accredited by CCHI.

Visit our site today and join the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook!

The New Health Epidemic

You won’t hear about this on the news. You aren’t likely to encounter it on social media either. The epidemic sweeping the nation isn’t a new virus, or a rare re-surfacing of an old one. It is, quite simply, stress. That’s right, The World Health Organization has deemed stress the “health epidemic of the 21st century.” While work-life balance has always been a struggle, it has become increasingly necessary and yet nearly impossible to accomplish. The introduction and progression of technology and supply-demand keep professionals engaged in their work 24/7, leaving little room for balance. And it’s not only individuals who are suffering from this epidemic. Businesses are spending countless amounts of money to try to alleviate stress in the workplace.

It may seem like stress is just an inevitable part of life, and maybe not that serious. But the cost of managing stress and its symptoms is more than the treatment of cancer, smoking, diabetes and heart disease combined.  It is a one trillion dollar health epidemic. A little more serious than we thought! Doctor Andrea Purcell explains that stress causes a scientific hormone imbalance, which can lead to any number of symptoms and illnesses. Addictive behavior, depression, obesity, insomnia, allergies, skin disorders – to name a few – can all be brought on by stress.

So what can you do? Those memes you see online about taking it a day at a time, living a life of gratitude, and shifting your perspective are all correct. Stress is managed by changing habits, taking time for oneself, and understanding your needs. It sounds like a simple solution, but it is challenging to add time for meditation, exercise, or any other activity/mindset that could help relieve the damages of stress.

Challenging, but not impossible. Do yourself a favor, and take a moment out of every day to check in with your stress levels. Address problems as they come up, and pay attention to the world around you. Disengage from your phone for a while. Learn something new, and expand your horizons. Interpreter Education Online is a great way to give you a mental shift and put your focus on furthering your education or easing the difficulty of training a bilingual staff. Let us work for you! Join the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook today!

Announcing Webinars!

Interpreter Education Online has been a proud provider of comprehensive online training and testing for interpreters around the world for years. Now we are adding webinars to our array of options and already have an exciting layout of upcoming webinars.
Our first webinar is scheduled for May 3, 2016, and will be presented by our own Jinny Bromberg. Jinny is the Executive Director of IEO, President of Bromberg & Associates, first State Court Certified Russian Interpreter in Michigan and a passionate language access champion. Her Webinar, Vicarious Trauma, will be presented May 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm EST. It will last for one hour and costs $30.00. The Webinar will cover different types of stress, focusing on Vicarious Trauma. Many interpreters do not realize that they can be severely affected by Vicarious Trauma and the outcome could be serious. We will discuss what VT is and its impact on interpreters. We will also examine the ways to cope and overcome VT.
We are very excited to announce that our second webinar will be hosted by Bruce Adelson a well-known expert on compliance. Here is a sneak peak at Bruce’s webinar: Interpreter standards of conduct and the law intersect more than you may know. Often, these intersections reveal conflicting messages, expectations, and requirements. We will use the recent case of an American Sign Language interpreter’s unexpected HIPAA violation to discuss the surprising contradictions between interpreter communication transparency and federal law.
This webinar will be May 24th, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST and will cost $45.00. Registration for both webinars will open next week.
We would really like to hear from you! What topics would you like to see covered in future webinars? Let us know by visiting our site and commenting on Facebook and LinkedIn!

Do You Have a Niche?

In any profession, there is typically extensive training and a process for learning information and applying it. But what happens once you have completed the training and are a working professional with experience? Continuing education is something we have talked about before and will always rally for, but is there something else you could be doing to improve your client base and expand your market appeal?

Of course! There is a niche in every market, and interpreting is no different. Finding your niche market can be a game changer for your career. Entrepreneur says that targeting a niche market allows professionals to “focus on meeting the needs of a smaller group of customers without compromising their chance to increase the appeal to a broader market.” This is a great way to serve clients on a large scale while still advancing your learning and abilities in order to stay a long term player.

According to Want Words, the strength of this kind of marketing lies here: “The power of the niche is the old “big fish in a little pond” theory. It’s more likely that you’ll become well known for something when you focus in one small area.” Interpreters everywhere can find unique subject matter that they can become experts at in order to create demand. For instance, Abigail Dahlberg has made a name for herself by being an expert in waste-management German to English translation.

Where would your niche be? We can help you find it! If you are a medical interpreter, have you thought about delving into the world of mental health, or specifically well versed in prenatal and neonatal care interpreting? What about honing your skills as an interpreter for expert witnesses? There are opportunities everywhere to expand your niche market and make yourself more broadly appealing and dynamic.

Let Interpreter Education Online help you find your niche today. Visit our website, and join the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook!

Rejuvenate Your Career!

It is an all too common feeling – you’ve worked hard to get where you are in your career and then, suddenly, it starts to feel a bit routine. So how do you revive both your career and your enthusiasm? There are many easy ways to accomplish a sense of job rejuvenation. And here are some of them!

Start by following this ancient saying: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. That’s right. A huge part of rejuvenating your career is simply a shift in attitude and outlook. You often hear about changing an attitude having a positive impact on your life, but it’s true. Changing how you see your current standings and how you view your future path can lead you to try new things and be bolder in the workplace. Start making new decisions that challenge you and create new goals for yourself.

Another important aspect of revitalizing your career is ensuring that your PR is up to date. The market is consistently changing as new social media platforms trend and emerge, and you want to be sure that you are on top of the changes. In a social media savvy era, not having a search worthy or resonating online presence can be a huge pitfall to your career goals. There is free literature online about current trends, so take advantage of those resources!

Something that will always be instrumental in rejuvenating any career is updating and continuing to grow your individual skillset. No matter how much you have learned in any given field, there is always room to learn more. As times change, so do aspects of any industry, and keeping yourself up to date on training and continuing education can only lead to career advancement.

We are huge advocates of continued education at Interpreter Education Online. For instance, If you are an interpreter looking for something to rejuvenate your career, take a look at our VRI course. Video Remote Interpreting is on the rise and a huge asset to the skillsets of interpreters. However you choose to do it, start rejuvenating your career today, and join the conversation on Facebook and LinkedIn!

What is Your Body Saying?

We often think our minds and bodies are saying the same thing, but it may be surprising to know that our bodies are often times doing the exact opposite of what our minds are thinking. Body language, or the lack of knowledge about your personal body language, is one of the leading causes of miscommunication both in the workplace and in everyday life. Knowing what our bodies are saying is an important aspect in making sure we are being heard and seen the way we want to be.

Here are some helpful tips on getting to know the language of your body. For instance, crossed arms and legs are almost always a sign of being closed off from the person to whom you’re talking, and will likely put them on the defensive. Without knowing it, you may be pushing someone away simply by crossing your arms.

Mirroring is an important technique in achieving a successful interaction through body language. It simply means you take on the attributes of the person with whom you are speaking or interpreting for. This creates a sense of comfort and ease and a familiarity that doesn’t have to be forced to be appreciated.

Another technique for aiding in positive body language communication is the physical and vocal recognition of the conversation. If someone is speaking to you, and you simply remain silent, the person speaking is not getting any kind of “feedback”. When we use nods, filler words like “yes, uh-huh, I see”, etc, we are giving feedback without an opinion. This eases access to the communication and can help ensure the communication is more honest.

There are many more techniques – people write full books on this topic. But these are good starting points. Starting soon, Interpreter Education Online will be rolling out new courses, including Acting Techniques for the Interpreter, which will help interpreters to become more knowledgeable on properly expressing body language. Visit our website today and join the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook!

IEO Via Webinars!

You, our valued reader, have known IEO as a leader in online learning and continuing education for interpreters and translators, offering a variety of e-learning courses, proficiency tests, and resources for interpreters at any stage in their professional career from beginners to certified and seasoned professionals. Soon, the list of resources will be growing as we add live webinars.

That’s right! Starting in April, IEO will be offering webinars on various topics, from a variety of presenters, professionals, teachers, and industry experts from all around the world. These webinars will help to advance your skills, knowledge, and career goals in just a short time!

This is an exciting time to for IEO, and we hope you will be a part of it. We look forward to your suggestions on webinar topics and your feedback to the webinars you are going to attend in the next months.

And of course, we look forward to helping you with your specific needs, whether they are testing your proficiency, preparing for a certification exam, obtaining continuing education credits or testing your bilingual staff! Our site is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and at your service, so come grow with us! Join the conversation on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages today!