What skills do I need to be a translation professional?
Surprisingly, a number of very basic ones. You need to be able to write well in your target language, and you need to be able to speak it well if you’re interpreting. In other words, you need to be a good writer. You need to be able to read or understand your source language well. Good research skills—for unfamiliar terms, etc.—are important, too. Computer skills are well-nigh unavoidable at this point in time. Project management skills are important, so that you can turn your work in on time, whether you’re a freelancer or working in-house. You need to be self-motivated, an independent worker, but you also need to be a team player for those times when teamwork is involved.
-By Adriana Tassini
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