Meet Sophia and Tim

We caught up with the newest alumni of the Auslan Connections Queensland Graduate Interpreter Program to find out their experiences with the program, their journey to interpreting, and their plans for the future. 


The Graduate Interpreter Program is open to all Graduates of the Diploma of Interpreting from Access Training and Education. The program is offered to two graduates over a 12 week period working with an experienced Certified Interpreter, giving them access to a dedicated mentor, essential skills and practical experiences.




“Being involved in the Auslan Connections Graduate Interpreter Program has been such a worthwhile experience. In the graduate program I got to work closely with a mentor observing and receiving feedback both on-the-job and through practice exercises. It was extremely eye-opening and I learnt so much that will help my interpreting in the future - it’s definitely something that I would recommend to any recently graduated interpreters.

My favourite part of the graduate program was being able to observe certified professional jobs that I wouldn’t normally be able to observe - it was great to see what the future could hold in store!

After learning Auslan at Toowong State School through their bi-lingual, bi-cultural program, I decided to enrol in Access Training and Education’s Diploma of Interpreting, and graduated in 2018. It’s very exciting to be a qualified interpreter and to be giving back to a community that I value so much.”





"I started learning Auslan in 2013 and after years of studying and meeting many great people in the Deaf community, I realised interpreting was my dream job as I could use this beautiful language and interact with the Deaf community.

I completed my Diploma of Interpreting through Access Training and Education in 2018 and after successfully obtaining my NAATI certification, I applied for the Graduate Interpreter Program and was lucky enough to be accepted!

It was a very worthwhile experience. The skills and confidence I gained through the 12 weeks has helped me as a Certified Provisional Interpreter. The program involved observing my mentor and other Certified (Level 3) interpreters, receiving feedback after completing jobs, and practice activities. It was a great experience and an ideal way to start my interpreting career. I would definitely recommend applying for this program to any recently qualified interpreters."


Applications are now open for the next Graduate Interpreter Program, commencing on 15 July 2019. For more information, contact Pauline.Tanzer@deafservices.org.au


To find out more about a career in Auslan Interpreting, visit deafservices.org.au/accreditedtraining 


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