Peter Kovacik wrote:
Is it necessary to have a certificate or master’s degree in Translation before entering the job market?
No, you can enter the market with no qualifications whatsoever. However, some clients believe that higher qualifications make you a better translator, and some higher qualifications actually will make you a better translator. The best training a translator can get, however, is on-the-job training.
I plan to do a formal qualification in translation, but it would be nice to start working before graduation as many of the distance learning programs can take two or three years to complete.
It takes a while to build up a client base, so the sooner you start, the better.