Pros: the courses, the relative freedom, a trusting empathetic boss and wonderful coworkers. we literally worked as a team.
Cons: the constant mental processing, along with the physical strain of walking across a large campus, carrying a 15 lb backpack, were at times, very challenging.
As a full-time sign American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter/C-Print captionist for deaf students, my primary duty was to enter their classes, stand/sit next to the teacher, while still in sight of the student(s). Once the logistics were established, I would interpret the lecture and/or content of the course, in order for the students to receive the – more... same information as the hearing students. In addition, our department also served students who identified themselves as hard of hearing, and who were not fluent in ASL; in those cases, I would sit next to the student and caption the lecture in real time, on a laptop programmed with C-Print Captioning.
My coworkers and I were assigned 6-8 classes per semester; I have literally "attended" more than 100 courses, varying from Beginning Theater to Advanced Thermodynamics; In other words, I truly had the opportunity to learn new information daily. Also, as I was responsible for conveying very complex information, I researched both the topic and the ASL technical signs.
Our immediate superior was very conscientious. A former interpreter herself, she was quite aware of the type of injuries which could arise from overuse, and she scheduled us accordingly. Whenever possible, she would assign two interpreters per class, alternating at specific times to allow the other interpreter to rest. She also made an effort to incorporate several breaks into the schedule. She was very fair in assigning her duties and empathetic should an issue arise.In all honesty, I do not believe that I've ever worked with a superior supervisor.
Ironically, the aspects of my job that I enjoyed were often the same aspects which were the most challenging. For example, I truly enjoyed learning, every day, in virtually any topic one can imagine; however, many of these classes were in advanced engineering. It took great effort and hours of research to effectively communicating the subjects to the students. – less