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Student Start Up: Do You Think It\'s Possible?
Thread poster: xxxLLarose
xxxLLarose
French to English
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Jan 9, 2002

Hello all!



I\'ve done some translation in my previous jobs (environment, technical, internet), but now I wish to become a *real* translator (as opposed to being the one bilingual person in the company everyone turned to! ).



I\'m starting a translation certificate this January, and in the meantime, I am working on my business and marketing plans, learning about the art and the tools of translation, etc.



I am thinking of contacting several agencies for information interviews on the business and possibly interest them in my skills.



My question is this: do you think I can get work as a translator in (or out of) agencies without a diploma?







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Patricia Lutteral  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 15:58
English to Spanish
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Proper training first Jan 10, 2002

Hi, unknown asker

This topic has been discussed before, you can read previous threads in these forums.

In my opinion everybody should be properly trained before entering the real arena.

Imagine this: You need to have a document translated (you are the client); you go to an agency, hire them, and they assign the job to someone who is not qualified. You get a low quality translation. Wouldn\'t you feel cheated? I would.

Study, get your degree. In the meantime, practise a lot, read a lot, ask your teachers or translator friends to review what you translate. Do not begin real work too soon; you may get some jobs, but if you want to become a professional translator then be professional from the very beginning. It will pay in the long run.



Good luck and best regards,



Patricia



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Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
Local time: 14:58
German to English
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Bravo, Patricia - absolutely correct and to the point! Jan 10, 2002

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On 2002-01-10 19:07, p_lutteral wrote:

Hi, unknown asker

This topic has been discussed before, you can read previous threads in these forums.

In my opinion everybody should be properly trained before entering the real arena.

Imagine this: You need to have a document translated (you are the client); you go to an agency, hire them, and they assign to job to someone who is not qualified. You get a low quality translation. Wouldn\'t you feel cheated? I would.

Study, get your degree. In the meantime, practise a lot, read a lot, ask your teachers or translator friends to review what you translate. Do not begin real work too soon; you may get some jobs, but if you want to become a professional translator then be professional from the very beginning. It will pay in the long run.



Good luck and best regards,



Patricia







No training, no degree --> no translator

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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:58
French to English
Qualifications Jan 26, 2002

Just checked your profile. You indicate that you already have a first and second degree a BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Environmental Science - if I got it right - plus a certain number of years professional experience. You may already have sufficient experience to be of interest to a number of decent agents. Make sure they are serious businesses and that your first jobs will be proof-read. This will give you first hand knowledge of how agents work.



On pricing. Don\'t sell yoursell too short. You might just be putting out one or two tenatative feelers to test the water. If you have sufficient ability to be of interst to agencies, they should pay a reasonable rate, although you probably won\'t get the full basic rate as they may be spending time on having it proof-read.



You may land lucky with a good agency, you may also have rotten luck. There are agencies and agencies.


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xxxJon Zuber
Spanish to English
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The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Jan 27, 2002

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On 2002-01-10 20:16, AbacusTrans wrote:

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No training, no degree --> no translator



Well then, I guess I\'m no translator. What a disappointment. And after doing all those jobs.

Having my degree in Chinese, a language I long since gave up dreaming of translating out of, and a single course as my only formal training in translation has proven no hindrance for me. Granted, without credentials you need connections (I got my first agency job because the girlfriend of one of my wife\'s ex-boyfriends worked there), but once you get your foot in the door and give a client good, on-time work, they\'ll give you more to do. The ball will roll. Build your résumé, have two or three killer samples handy, and you\'ll go places.

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