Poll: In which ways can you see your professional improvement?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "In which ways can you see your professional improvement?".

This poll was originally submitted by Manuel Martín-Iguacel

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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
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A combination Apr 29, 2008

For me, it's been the speed and understanding of words/phrases.

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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Improved bank balance ... Apr 29, 2008

... springs to mind

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Andrea Jarmuschewski  Identity Verified
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Definitely improved speed Apr 29, 2008

I find I can't easily sustain 2000 words per day and often have to work long hours and/or weekends. My rate is ok, I think, and to judge from the feedback I get, the quality of my translations is good too - so, if I wish to increase my income and work no more than about 40 hours a week, I must improve my translating speed (without lessening the quality)! I've been freelancing full time since Sept 07 only, so I guess it'll get better in time.

Andrea


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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I looked for this option too Apr 29, 2008

Lawyer-Linguist wrote:
Improved bank balance

I assumed the closest was increased speed.
Philippe


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Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
Chile
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Other Apr 29, 2008

Improved bank balance + increasingly more client referrals.



Greetings


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RichardDeegan
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Other-Quality Apr 30, 2008

Improving tech skills and speed is nice, as also raising my income level, but if I'm not contantly improving the quality of the product I produce by extensive reading and study in both languages in my fields, it's no FUN!!!
every day I'm either getting better or getting worse, there's no middle ground. If I can't see and feel that satisfaction of continual improvement, and smile to myself as I enter a phrase I heard on Discovery the other night, it ain't worth it.


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Fernando D. Walker  Identity Verified

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Combination Apr 30, 2008

I think it´s a combination of different factors, but marketing and good communication with the clients are definitely the most important ones. It is supposed that "quality" and "professional development" must be in your priority list.
Best,
Fernando


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Another Apr 30, 2008

Another poorly designed poll; it does not tell us much.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Another poll destroyed by "a combination" Apr 30, 2008

I agree with Henry...

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Minna Wood MITI (Purring CAT Ltd.)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Increased client satisfaction Apr 30, 2008

Happy clients who come back with more work due to the fact that their client was very happy with my previous work. Just happened today!!

Minna


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Anne-Sophie Cardinal  Identity Verified
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CAT Tools Apr 30, 2008

I am going to get some training in CAT tools. So far, I haven't used any CAT tools, so I think it is an important asset for my professional improvement, as many outsourcers require them.
I also agree with Andrea Riffo, about client referrals, they are so important!


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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I don't understand Apr 30, 2008

Speed has an upper limit. How many words a minute can you talk without spewing gibberish? And how many keystrokes per unit time can your fingers handle?

What I'm driving at is, there will come a ceiling time for all. No one actually keeps up with every twist and turn of his brain. "Professional improvement" may thus refer to how capably (and not how fast) you can sum up meaning, accumulated experience in a specialist field (both of which are "quality" factors), or - if you're watching the bottom line (which is an easily quantifiable scale) - how decent your rate is, since all of these are bound up with time and we all have 24 hours a day.

Marketing and PR from this perspective is an application of resources (time) and can actually backfire for a specialist who has so many "general" clients, or clients requiring other specialties, that he has to refer them elsewhere in order for the work to stay efficient.

Technical resources may be helpful to a limited extent, but both CAT and voice recognition tools (which are the handier advances that come to mind) are also applications of the basic resource (time), which some may find more excruciating than profitable (well, talk to me again when I've succeeded in training my Dragon).

Oh, well, just explaining how I perceived the question. I didn't answer because I couldn't make sense of any priority outside this perception.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Improvement in quality, not in throughput Apr 30, 2008

Parrot wrote:
What I'm driving at is, there will come a ceiling time for all. No one actually keeps up with every twist and turn of his brain. "Professional improvement" may thus refer to how capably (and not how fast) you can sum up meaning, accumulated experience in a specialist field (both of which are "quality" factors), or - if you're watching the bottom line (which is an easily quantifiable scale) - how decent your rate is, since all of these are bound up with time and we all have 24 hours a day.


Yes, I entirely agree!


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