When I was a student interpreter, I had a classmate whose pathway was not entirely linear. She had begun her training at a well-known European school, and she had done well in her first year of study there. However, she was not selected to continue in the second year of study at the European school.
So she found her way to Canada. When she arrived, her contribution to our collective learning was immediately obvious. She had very strong consecutive skills, and she shared lots of tips and tricks with the rest of us. She exposed us to the philosophy that had guided her training in Europe, and she also benefited from the Canadian approach.
It was hardly surprising, then, that she did well in her courses and that she passed her exit exam with flying colours. In short, enrolling in a second training program turned out to be a wise investment for her. After her first try at becoming an interpreter in Europe did not pan out, she was successful the second time around.
I’ll admit that I was thinking about my former classmate when we decided to offer applicants the option of being directly admitted into the second year of the Glendon MCI. Our program is two years in length, and there is a lot of vital learning that takes place in the first year. But sometimes, we meet candidates who are ready for the second year of our program right away.
Typically, advanced candidates have one of two profiles. In some cases, they are like my former classmate. They have had training elsewhere. But for whatever reason, that training wasn’t what they needed to reach the finish line. In other cases, advanced candidates come to us with professional experience already. They have had no formal training, but they have taught themselves to get the job done on the market. And they realize that to truly excel in their field, they need some help.
Now, I should mention that candidates with professional experience have some added challenges. First, they have to unlearn bad habits acquired through their work. They learned to do the job without the benefit of someone correcting their technique when it went wrong. So they need help getting rid of fossilized problems and finding more productive strategies. Second, they have a bit of catch up to do. Often, they are used to working in simultaneous, but they have little experience with consecutive. So they have to work hard to reach the level of their classmates, who got a good foundation in consecutive in Year One (among other things). Still, if candidates can get their egos out of the way and accept that they have to make changes, then they generally do well!
In either event, whether you have professional experience or prior training, the Glendon MCI might be right for you. We have now helped a number of advanced candidates to navigate successfully through our program and into the profession. We understand what you need to get you to successful completion.
In some cases, advanced candidates need help overcoming unhelpful, yet ingrained interpreting behaviours. In others, they need to roll up their sleeves and fine-tune a language in their combination. In still others, they may So you may just find that the Glendon MCI offers you the right pedagogical fit! Contact us today to apply.