General advice with starting a career in translation
Thread poster: Mike Alizade

Mike Alizade
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German to English
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Jun 9, 2009

Hi

Very recently I made the decision to start a career in translation. The strange thing is I passed my degree in German and French in 1994 and then a Masters in German a couple of years later, and then I decided I didn't want to do translation as a career and have been doing web development ever since!

I have a million and one questions going round in my head, but I'd be really grateful if anyone could offer me some general advice about getting established in the profession as a freelancer.

Also, can anyone recommend any good distance courses. City University does whats seems a good course and Susanne James Associates does one too, but are there any others for German into English.

Any help would be really appreciated

Thanks

Mike


 

KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Read the archives and a few good books Jun 9, 2009

This is probably the most frequently asked question on ProZ. As a translator you'll have to learn to do research, so I suggest you start by searching the archives. For an entertaining and useful overview you might also read a copy of Oleg's book which you'll find at http://www.proz.com/books. Or have a look at Alex Eames' classic ($80,000/year) or Corinne Mc Kay's book (on Amazon).

[Edited at 2009-06-09 21:45 GMT]


 

chica nueva
Local time: 13:47
Chinese to English
Transitioning from web development to 'technical writing/translation'; German -> English internship Jun 10, 2009

Hello Mike

This is a bit back-to-front, but I think you might be able to do a translation internship, or organise your programme around website translation, in this 'technical writing' course, the 'Graduate Diploma in Information Design' at CPIT:
http://www.cpit.ac.nz/subjects/information_design
They say: 'The GDID is open to graduates and experienced practitioners from around the world.'

There are a number of German native-speaker translators in NZSTI, so who knows, you might be able to get an internship German -> English with an agency here.

Lesley


 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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No career Jun 10, 2009

You start out as your own boss and will never climb higher on the ladder.
Did you mean business?
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Regards
Heinrich


 

Rod Walters  Identity Verified
Japan
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Courses or books? Jun 10, 2009

Is there anything you can learn on a course that you can't pick up from a couple of books while actually practising the profession?

 

Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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English to Spanish
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I beg to disagree Jun 10, 2009

Rod Walters wrote:
Is there anything you can learn on a course that you can't pick up from a couple of books while actually practising the profession?


Although I agree that books and above all practice are immensely important, I would not say that there is nothing to be learned from courses. For instance, if you are not already familiar with CAT tools, I suggest that you complete a course in this area.
And let's not be so dismissive about formal educationicon_biggrin.gif


 

Soledad Azcona  Identity Verified
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Resources at ProZ.com Jun 10, 2009


Also, can anyone recommend any good distance courses. City University does whats seems a good course and Susanne James Associates does one too, but are there any others for German into English.


Hi Mike,

I recommend some of the videos by the experienced professionals Oleg Rudavin and Johanna Angulo at the new ProZ.com video center:

http://www.proz.com/videos/business%20training

Also you can check in the online training area: http://www.proz.com/online_trainings
There's an individual online training that can be interesting for you I think: http://www.proz.com/translator_training/802

As for books, please have a look at Oleg's book on Internet Freelancing here:
http://www.proz.com/books

And last but not least, you can always visit the forums and articles area where you will find valuable help from our community of professionals.

Let me know if I can help you with anything and thanks for using the site!

Best regards,

Soledad


 

Christine Schmit (X)  Identity Verified
Luxembourg
German to French
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Distance learning courses in translation Jun 10, 2009

Hi Mike,

I have compiled a list of distance learning courses in translation on my blog. You can find it here: http://www.polyglot-blog.com/archives/2429
There are quite a few Masters in the UK for the German-English pair, but there are also programs in Australia (University of Western Sydney) and in the US (NYU). I can't comment on which one would be the best for you, but if you search the forums you can probably find some discussions about the different programs.

Best regards,

Christine


 

Mike Alizade
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German to English
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Thanks Jun 12, 2009

Many thanks for all the tips and advice you've all given me - it's really appreciated.

 


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