What are some steps I need to take to become a translation professional?
Take whatever courses you need to understand what it means to be a professional in the translation industry. If you’re getting a degree or certificate, those steps will—hopefully—be clearly laid out by your program or your department. If you’re bilingual or multilingual and a professional in another industry, then you may want to investigate what it might take to get a degree or certificate. Or you could join some of the bigger translators networks (such as Proz, among others), and read through their forums. A number of them have good postings or even Wikis on becoming a translation professional. You can also read about this at the American Translators Association website (ATA.net) or go to an information al meeting that they sometimes hold. There are other programs (such as Gate’s CTP) that also lay out the steps you need. There are many paths to becoming a translation professional: find the one that suits your needs, your skills, and your experience the best.
-By Adriana Tassini
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