A dilemma is a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable.
A thinking technique can help navigate decision making in a given dilemma, enabling you to focus more readily on the options which could unfold.
There are no right answer when presented with a dilemma. However, categorising what you are presented with can help thinking and decision making; Ethics, Role, Process, Skills and Knowledge.
Ethics is defined as a moral philosophy or code of morals practiced by a person or group of people. NRCPD’s Code of Conduct governs how British Sign Language Interpreters and ultimately the profession are required to behave.
Roles have particular behaviours, responsibilities and functions which are expected from a Sign Language interpreter. They are learned or are assigned and form part of a whole that each person plays in the profession.
Process is the mental functioning and thinking required of an interpreter to carry out the task of processing language and mediating cultures.
Skills is having the ability to do something well; expertise. Understanding and using both English and British Sign Language along with the cross-cultural mediation required to interpret well.
Knowledge are the facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. Along with an appreciation of the domain, setting and boundaries in any given situation an interpreter will find themselves working.