Right now I am studying ASL at a local community college..I currently have 2 Bachelor's degrees: Psychology and Social Work. I have had zero luck getting work in those fields. SO this past summer, after taking a family ASL course through the YMCA, I thought since I had the time, I would go back to college while working and take some ASL courses there. Now, when I originally signed up to take these ASL courses, I had the intention of pursuing a certificate in Sign Language Studies (like half of a degree, since I already have the others), and this is what I am currently signed up for. My reasoning for pursuing this was that I would just add this to my list of skills that I can offer an employer. So, I am wondering:
There is another certificate at the same college in interpreting. Should I pursue the other certificate to better secure my chances of getting suitable employment (and hopefully avoid legal/ethical issues, not sure), and to make me look more versatile in my skills. OR, is just being a "signer" enough? Do I need to be pursuing both certificates, so that I will be perceived as the most qualified for a job where I might encounter deaf clientele? Or are there jobs out there where just knowing the language itself (being a "signer") is enough?