Mexican Immigrant Fills Need for Translation and Interpretation Services

As a child living in Mexico, Jackie Metivier did not understand why her father felt so strongly about her learning to speak fluent English. He believed that immersing her in the American culture would be the best way for her to learn English, so he sent her to Colorado to live with family members for one year.

When she became an adult, Metivier moved to America and worked as a bilingual assistant, using her bilingual skills and degree in Mass Communication from the Universidad Intercontinental of Mexico City, Mexico. Metivier saw a need for translation and interpretation services and embarked on a career as an independent translator and formed Bilingual Communications, Incorporated (Bi-Com) where she is president and owner.

Due to North Carolina’s growing Latino population, Metivier has seen a tremendous need for translation and interpretation services. Thirteen years ago, Metivier mostly accompanied representatives from local companies with international markets, who were selling products and services in Mexico. Since then, Bi-Com has experienced a large shift. Recent requests for translation and interpretation services now come from local companies who want to communicate with their Latino workforce. These workers used to do seasonal agricultural work—now they are bringing their families and staying while working year round, mostly in construction and service occupations.

“Many Hispanics are not familiar with how the culture works—they don’t know the rules,” Metiever explains. Bi-Com seeks to bridge the gap between Hispanics and the American culture. This is accomplished through providing translation and interpretation services to businesses, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, law firms, political candidates, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The language and cultural barriers among Spanish and English speaking citizens, creates a demand for qualified translators and interpreters in North Carolina. However, being bilingual does not mean one can translate or interpret. An effective interpreter puts personal feelings aside and interprets only what is being said. An interpreter or translator must have a thorough understanding of both languages, possess a nearly perfect use of grammar, and earn a four-year degree.

Durham Technical Community College recently introduced a new 18 credit hour certification program for Community Spanish Facilitators. This course specializes in facilitating communication between Spanish speaking individuals and community agency settings.

Metivier, like her father, seeks to raise awareness of the importance of being bilingual and using these language skills. She instills this in her children and helps other kids through the NC Society for Hispanic Professionals. Metivier is also president of the Carolina Association of Translator and Interpreters (CATI). CATI consists of 190 members from North Carolina and South Carolina representing 32 languages. Metivier’s family tradition continues.

Reprinted from Career Choices of North Carolina 2004-2005

Character Counts in the Workplace

Have you ever heard the saying, “Character counts”? Well, it does count. Character can be applied to all of life, especially career life. How we display our personality traits to employers, co-workers and customers is by our attitude, words and actions.

The Josephson Institute (JI) of southern California, developer of the national youth program Character Counts!, also developed a program for businesses called “The Six Pillars of Character” based on six character traits:

  • trustworthiness: having integrity; being honest, reliable and loyal
  • respect: be courteous, tolerant; accept differences and show dignity
  • responsibility: be self-controlled and accountable for your actions; do your best
  • fairness: play by the rules, be open-minded
  • caring: being kind and compassionate, help those in need
  • citizenship: obey laws and rules; be involved in community

When it comes to finding a job, desirable character, or personality traits, is just as important as skills, abilities and knowledge. Think about your personality traits, and how you have demonstrated these traits in the workplace. Be ready to use examples in job interviews.

My Career Voyage e-Book is Now Available

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My Career Voyage: Charting the Course is now available as an e-Book. For a limited time, the e-book can be purchased for a special price of $10.95. That’s $5.00 off the retail price! You get so much for so little. Buy your copy now and get started on your career voyage today!


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My Career Voyage E-book Coming Soon

My Career Voyage: Charting the Course will be available as an e-book soon!

Although it was designed as a workbook, I have decided to make it available as an e-book for those who prefer e-books to hardcopies. Explorers will be able to read along and click hyperlinks to webpages where they can do assessments, explore occupations, plan a career path, and navigate the job search. This information, along with activity pages from the book, can be printed and stored in a career portfolio. The e-book will be available for purchase from the My Career Voyage home page using paypal. Or check with Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh.

WRAL Capital Area Career Expo, Nov. 14

Capital Area Workforce Development Board and WRAL will hold its annual ‘Career Expo’ at the McKimmon Center, located on NC State University’s campus, on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over 1,500 job seekers, on average, attend this event. The Career Expo offers a number of employment related services to job seekers including: job seeking skills workshops taught by local human resource professionals; a computer lab to assist with online job applications; and access to employers that are currently hiring.

Gold Sponsors: Caterpillar, Grifols and Time Warner Cable; and to our silver sponsors: NC Wesleyan College, Verizon Wireless, Carolina Form and Scaffold Supply, and Manpower.

For more information on how to register as an employer or to be a sponsor, go to: www.capitalareawdb.com/careerexpo

New Charter School for Disabled to Open in 2014

As a family member of a child in the Autism Spectrum, I see the struggles she endures academically, socially, developmentally and psychologically. Her mother and I have discussed the need for a school in Raleigh that would address her needs and help prepare her for adult life and vocation so she can be as independent as possible.

Then we heard about Dynamic Community Charter School (DCCS), a new middle and high school for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, like autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. We attended an informational meeting Oct. 17 at  North Regional Library, North Raleigh. The room was packed with eager parents wanting to know more about this school.

Here are some key points we learned:

DCCS is focused on the needs of children with disabilities and providing an environment where students are valued and free from bullying.

DCCS will provide each student with a customized education plan that addresses vital life skills.

DCCS will use project-based learning so students will be better able to absorb and use academic knowledge.

Collaborative Problem Solving will enable students to deal with frustrations and negative emotions in healthy and productive ways.

DCCS will use Teacher-Directed Programming meaning the teachers will work under the guidance of a Lead Teacher to structure lessons and projects in ways to meet the diverse needs of their students.

The school is scheduled to open in August, 2014, but has not acquired a building yet, but it is projected to be located in or near Raleigh-Cary.

In the meantime, DCCS will be raising funds, like “Icing on the Cake” a gift and craft sale on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh. There will be raffles and cakewalks and lunch by Firewurst.

For more information about the school and future events, go to http://www.dynamiccommunitycs.org

My Career Voyage Now Available at Quail Ridge Books and Music

My Career Voyage: Charting the Course is now available at Quail Ridge Books and Music! The store is located in the Ridgewood Shopping Center, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27607. You can also purchase the book directly from the My Career Voyage website. My Career Voyage: Charting the Course is used as a textbook in career development classes, workshops, and individually. This 96 page book is designed to get right to the point and guides readers step-by-step as they chart a career course. Readers are also strongly encouraged to build a career portfolio along the way to be used in job interviews and work performance meetings to negotiate for a wage increase.
What are you waiting for? Start your career voyage today!