Carlos Rocha de la Rosa is an expert Spanish interpreter/translator who resides in the Dominican Republic. He has been a top performing interpreter for on-demand interpreting assignments via ProZ.com's partnership with Boostlingo. As part of the interpreter network, he receives payments from the ProZ*Pay platform.
He took a few minutes to answer some questions, and show us the ultimate remote interpreter home office.
When did you start interpreting?
After having years of bilingual customer service experience and long theoretical and hand-on training in different software, working for areas of banking, communications, collections, sales etc. as well as a college background in business, in 2013 following a rigorous screening and assessment process I started working at Language Line Solutions on their former Dominican Republic site as a Spanish Customer Service Interpreter. They prepared me from scratch, starting with social calls and after long a lot of rehearsals and working hours, continuing to escalate to various other fields of interpretation such as 911, insurance, government, education medical and legal, among others.
Do you translate as well?
I've had some document translation experience, also holding on to a wide vocabulary in many knowledge areas with access to various glossaries and resources, including the most up to date 2019 version of the SDL Trados Studio software that would enable me to efficiently translate any document, although I most recently have focused my career in consecutive interpretation over the phone; still, if I am given an offer I am much opened to expand my work to other areas and put to your disposal all my knowledge, skills and expertise.
How does on-demand interpreting fit into your schedule?
It is excellent for me since I can invest the time that would otherwise be used to commute, on being on the phone to help others. It also provides me with more flexibility and availability to keep on learning new things and ways of enhancing my performance, and of course, I also get some spare time for other personal affairs. I love it!
What advice do you give to a person starting as an interpreter?
If you like dealing with people and helping others and also are able to speak another language proficiently, this would be an amazing career choice; not only can you learn a world of new things in many important fields, but you can also advocate and help others who definitely need your help in matters going from simple leisure to sometimes life and death situations. Working as an interpreter is one of the most rewarding and knowledge boosting experiences you can ever have.
Describe your experience with ProZ*Pay
It is the most versatile method of a payment I have ever worked with, you have several choices for payments going from direct deposit to your local bank account as well a using various E-Wallet options including PayPal, Skrill etc. Always on time, never fail, with an advance payment feature for those who need their money ASAP and cannot wait for payday. The best of the best for me! I strongly recommend it.
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