Lu Zheng enjoys the process of delivering information between Chinese patients and medical personnel efficiently in her job as a medical interpreter.
Career: Translator manager and in-house translator
Subject: Translation Studies
"I really enjoy the process of delivering information between Chinese patients and medical personnel efficiently. It's often crucial for a patient to make a decision about what kind of treatment they want based on the information given by the interpreter, interpreted from the doctor's words.
"I've had so many highlights in my job so far. I enjoy being able to see so many different medical cases, meet different people every day and learn about their stories. I especially love it when both the patient and the doctor/nurse feel that their problem or question is resolved because of my work. Being able to help people who are in (sometimes very urgent) need gives me an immense sense of achievement and I am really glad that I am able to provide such help to them.
I especially love it when both the patient and the doctor/nurse feel that their problem or question is resolved because of my work.
"I believe that applying the code of ethics is equally as important as my professional language skills. Being professionally trained means that I am comfortable to use first person when carrying out interpreting, which is important in the conversation. Having the code of ethics in mind keeps me from getting involved in the situation personally, even when pressured by one party, while getting my job done impartially.
"I decided to study translation after some experience in the field because I wanted to become a full-time translator/interpreter. The degree helped me to lay solid ground, have a more thorough understanding of the profession and gave me more confidence in what I do.
"Before choosing a direction to study, study yourself first. Ask yourself questions like 'what kinds of things do I enjoy doing?' and 'what am I good at doing?' to find out where your passion and forte meet. Once you have decided this, I believe that good results will follow because you will work hard towards the goal you yearn to achieve!"