How To Become A Professional Translator

How To Become A Professional Translator

If you want to become a professional translator who is truly excellent and delivers a lot of value to every client you work with you need to invest and think long-term more than anything else. Within my career I have found this to be true - and it pays ongoing rewards because you naturally position yourself for success long-term when you think long-term. If you plan for the next month or year than you may do well during that period but over time you will get burnt out, grow your skills very slowly, or develop few new client gathering strategies. On the other hand if you focus 80% of your energy on your long-term success you will build a strong foundation for the rest of your career or the life of your business.

The good news is most people don't plan long-term, they don't seek coaching, they don't get mentored, and they only watch T.V. and movies in their free time. Being average is expensive, doing what everyone else does guarantees that you will get what everyone else gets.

To become a great professional translator reach beyond what you had planned for, plan for excellence, get motivated, hangout with motivated professionals that are like who you would want to become one day. If you don't have friends such as these attend conferences and association meetings until you do.

If you take this advice seriously and apply it to your translation career I have no doubt that you will move forward 2-3x faster than you would otherwise. One final tip that I would like to add is from Jim Collins, author of Good to Great. In that book he talks about the 3 Circles Strategy. He says to never say yes to a project or investment of time that does not take advantage of your natural strengths, allows you to be best in the world, and doesn't have the potential to make you a lot of money.

Keep that criteria in mind and you will doge many bullets and mistakes that slow down many translators.

That being said, most translators can gain an edge within the industry by completing a translator certification program such as the Certified Translation Professional (CTP)


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By Adriana Tassini

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