Is it common for Korean interpreters to work solo in SI setting?
Thread poster: thinkingfish

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Apr 17

I am currently working as an in-house interpreter (Mandarin-English) for a local operation of a global company. As the company organizes a 2.5 day conference in Asia every year, I always request a second SI interpreter to work with me though there is only one or two delegate on our side who need the service.

However, the Korean operation has being bringing only one interpreter for three years for the whole event.

I consulted my freelancer colleagues and was told by more than three colleagues that it's quite common to see Korean interpreters performing solo SI in the booth at international conferences. I was quite shocked by the news.

Is the environment in Korea really that bad for professional interpreters?

Also I was challenged this year by my employer "why can't you perform three-day SI like your Korean peer." I am still working on a more sophisticated way to defend my rights. Any suggestion?

I am not writing this post to blame anyone though. I know how difficult it is to say no when it is your job on the line here.

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