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Advice for a new translator

Posted 4 years 136 days ago ago by Annette Labbé     0 Comments

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I’ve been asked a few times now what advice I’d give to someone who was interested in becoming a translator. Here are a few points to consider: 

Get a degree in translation or a related field. 
I say this because taking all those language / translation classes in order to obtain your degree will ensure that you have the skill level for and adequate interest in the field. Also, clients often ask for credentials before even considering you. 

Never stop learning
In the translation field, things evolve rather quickly. You have to be ready for new and changing developments (new technologies, trends etc.) and you must be open to the concept of continuous learning when it comes to your craft: improving your writing, vocabulary etc. 

Develop good work habits
If you don’t have good work habits, develop them now.  To be a good translator, you have to have an adequate attention span and be unbelievably organized in everything you do.  There are books and classes to help you become more organized. 

Have realistic expectations 
You won’t succeed at everything and that’s ok. 

Get connected
I can’t stress this point enough. Get connected in the business world. 
Join your local Chamber of Commerce. Attend community events. Get on social media. Be visible and accessible.

Get a mentor
If you’re like I was when I first started my company, business matters are foreign to you. Find someone willing to answer your questions and brainstorm with you.

These are not all the points, but some to consider.

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