More Tips on How to be a Professional Translator
- Enter a professional translation firm first: To a certain extent, you can enter the freelance translation service industry from the get go—that is, right after you graduate—but you'll be risking quite a lot by doing so, especially if you're a novice translator with zero experience.
- Become a trainee first if you can't find translation agency employment: Again, even though being a trainee probably won't pay your bills, you'll just have to bear with it in order to get that precious work experience you so desperately need. An excellent training post will get you prepared to land that agency job or freelance work you're dying to get.
- Once you've gained enough experience, it's time for you to go freelance: Unless you've gotten used to the kind of compensation an employee gets out of a fairly large translation company, then a couple of years of agency work should be enough experience for you to break out into your own.
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International Translation Day is held in celebration of the feast of St Jerome, the Bible translator widely considered the patron saint of translators. The International Federation of Translators is the promoter of International Translation Day, and has been since it was first held in 1953.
The translation industry is a relatively small one but it’s also a highly competitive one. Basically, do your research on a translation agency prior to making initial contact and it will certainly pay off; perhaps not immediately because there may not be any work available at the time, so just be patient. Your application must stand out above the rest, and by following these simple steps you should have no problem whatsoever in achieving your translation goals.