Nurturing Expertise: A Study of Professional Development and Lifelong Learning Among Interpreters

Özkaya Marangoz E.

12. Uluslararası Bilimsel Çalışmalar Kongresi (UBCAK), İstanbul, Turkey, 19 - 20 September 2023, pp.44-52

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.44-52
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This article presents a comprehensive exploration of the dynamics and significance of professional development and lifelong learning within the context of interpreters. In a rapidly evolving global landscape, interpreters play a pivotal role in facilitating effective communication across diverse languages and cultures. This study delves into the multifaceted dimensions of interpreter training, skill enhancement, and continuous learning that contribute to the cultivation of expertise in this demanding profession. This proposed paper investigates the various approaches to professional development embraced by interpreters, ranging from formal workshops and academic courses to self- directed learning and experiential practices. Furthermore, the study scrutinizes the motivations driving interpreters to engage in lifelong learning, encompassing the desire to adapt to evolving language nuances, stay abreast of specialized terminologies, and navigate the challenges posed by multicultural contexts. The psychological and career-oriented outcomes of sustained learning efforts are assessed, shedding light on enhanced job satisfaction, performance efficacy, and client satisfaction. In conclusion, this paper underscores the indispensable nature of ongoing professional development for interpreters and underscores the symbiotic relationship between training institutions, practitioners, and the industry. The findings contribute to a deeper understanding of effective strategies for nurturing interpreter expertise and underscore the necessity of establishing a culture of continuous learning to ensure high-quality interlingual communication in an increasingly interconnected world.