The following Translator Q & A is part of our Translator FAQ Series.
Question: Where can I prepare to be a translator?
Answer: You can prepare to be a translator in many ways. You can complete language classes, seek a translation industry mentor, practice translating passages in your free time, get a translation internship, or complete a translator certification program such as the Certified Translation Professional (CTP) program.
The most important thing to consider is your project work within your target and source languages. Get as much actual translation experience as possible as fast as possible and you will quickly improve your skills.