What is important to know about the translation profession when interviewing?
Hmm! Interesting question. Translation professionals come in all shapes, sizes, sexes, and nationalities. So as long as you are a competent professional with good work credentials and references and/or a good educational background, you shouldn’t encounter discrimination, which is a wonderful thing for someone looking for a job.
You can either go towards becoming a generalist, and cover many different fields and/or languages or else you can specialize. In fact, many translators enter the industry in a “sideways” manner, as a multilingual professional in another industry. The more technical the field, the more important this is. Engineers, physicists, lawyers, and so forth have a distinct advantage as translators in their own fields.
Knowledge of software and linguistic and writing competency are crucial, too.
-By Adriana Tassini
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