Starting a career as translator in Europe
Thread poster: Chiara Mazza

Chiara Mazza
Italy
Local time: 00:09
German to Italian
+ ...
Apr 9, 2010

Hello everybody,

my name is Chiara and am Italian. I am a university graduate with a degree in foreign modern languages and literatures, German and Portuguese (which I can hardly speak) and have studied 5%literature, 25% German and Portuguese language and 70% history and culture. Having always been passionate about foreign languages, I have spent many holidays attending summer German courses and travelling. Now I am considering, while looking for a new job, to start applying to translation agencies. I have always liked translating, especially English-Italian, but also German-Italian, but having neither an official degree in translation nor the time to spend two full years attending an university in Italy, German or the UK, am looking for online or distance courses I could attend: translation memories, translation, ... Do you know of any serious institution or university offering such courses? I have read of the IOL exam in the UK, but since it lasts 5 years and I don't know if it's a long distance course, I am looking for something shorter: two years or less would be fine. And what about the language certification? I have a TOEIC for the English language and a ZMP and ZOP for the German language.
One last question (at least for now): How important is it for an agency in Europe (Italy, Austria, Germany, UK) hiring people with x year experience? Are they also willing to hire someone with little experience for an internship or else? I am asking because yesterday, as I was browsing through some websites, I ran only into sites looking for really experienced translators.
Thanks for all the advice you will give me,
Chiara


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