What I love about my job is that I meet a lot of new people. It's a part of being interpreter and it's also a big part of being entrepreneur.
Yesterday I visited a job fair for engineers in m:con Congress Center Rosengarten. Many big companies from the Rhein-Neckar region were presented there, looking for the potential employees. For me as interpreter it was a very interesting experience to plunge again into the world of people whose every-day job has to do with technology. I must confess, I always had good experiences working with engineers and that is why I love technical translations so much. It’s not just the cold, metallic and plastic words which interlace and build these complicated text constructions. It’s always the brilliant minds and hearts of engineers beating behind those mechanisms and giving the soul to each one of them.
I listened to a very interesting panel discussion organized by the week paper for engineers VDI nachrichten* about the possible gaps in the employment history. Many good points were mentioned and good recommendations were given. But there is always a place for unexpected turns: and this time it was a delicate question from the audience about the parental leave for fathers. In the end of the day, it was a very productive and interesting discussion.
*VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingeneure): The Association of German Engineers