Member Spotlight: Meet MATI Secretary Amy Polenske
Amy Polenske serves on MATI’s Executive Committee as Secretary, a role in which she has contributed to our organization since 2013. She holds a Master’s Degree in Translation and her language pair is Spanish to English.
Where do you live and/or work? Milwaukee
How long have you worked in your field? How did you get started in the field of translation and/or interpretation?
I’ve been working professionally in the field for around two and a half years. My first experience came from the graduate program at UWM where I had the opportunity to translate for UWM Language Services. I then completed an internship at a translation and interpreting agency, which turned into employment after graduation. I currently work at Iverson Language Associates as the Quality Team Lead.
Where do you see your field going in the future? What are the most urgent issues to be addressed?
The translation and interpreting industry is rapidly growing. With this in mind, an important issue that should remain a focus of our profession is education in language, translation, and interpreting. I believe it is important that the individuals newly entering this field come with the proper education and understanding of what it takes to be a professional translator, interpreter, or project manager. MATI is a great place for professionals at all levels to connect and promote education and awareness of our field.
Do you have any tips for those starting out in the field? For those who’ve been in the field?
Get involved! The people I’ve met through school, work, and organizations like MATI and ATA have opened up opportunities to me that I wouldn’t have had working just on my own. It’s also fun to collaborate with others who have the same passion for language as I do.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your profession?
Expect the unexpected. While it’s smart to be prepared and anticipate potential project issues, unexpected problems do happen. In these situations, it’s important to manage these problems with a level head by taking the time to think through possible solutions before jumping to action.
Why did you decide to join MATI?
I was interested in meeting other professionals in my field to see how others were using their skills and learn what different career options were possible.