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Poll: Have you ever volunteered your services as a mentor?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 20:54
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Aug 12, 2014

I mentored several colleagues in the past, but I did not volunteer, I worked in-house and I was “invited”…

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 04:54
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes Aug 12, 2014

But, like Teresa, I should have answered 'other' since I was politely asked by a graduate of Japanese from SOAS, my old college in London University. And, it was quite sweet being treated with respect like a Kung Fu master by someone 35 years or so my junior. icon_biggrin.gif

She is still here in Kyoto and shares a love for the city as strong as mine. I sometimes have to pinch myself to see if all that is around me is real and not a dream. icon_smile.gif


 

Laura Pascual  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 22:54
English to Spanish
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Not directly Aug 12, 2014

I am in several forums and translation groups and I try to help others as much as I can. Sometimes I spend more time with "newbies" if they need it. But people also help me when I have a question, so I wouldn't consider it mentoring.

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 21:54
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
Yes Aug 12, 2014

And when you see the person you mentor blossoming and flourishing and sticking up for quality it is the most satisfactory of situations.
I am forever indebted towards those who gave me a helping hand when I was starting out and so I think it's the least I can do to similarly help newcomers.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:54
Spanish to English
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Other Aug 12, 2014

Not really. I suppose I have "mentored" other translators occasionally, by giving them pointers, or helping them out with translation, revision, terminology.... etc. Or passing on texts for translation... But nothing formal.


[Edited at 2014-08-12 09:12 GMT]


 

Rudolf Frans Maulany  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 21:54
English to Indonesian
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Yes Aug 12, 2014

During my 6 years assignment with the UN as a translator and medical doctor for UNV (United Nations Volunteer) abroad I also helped as a mentor for my fellow junior translators.

 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:54
Member (2012)
French to English
Yes Aug 12, 2014

I am a mentor for volunteer proofreaders at Distributed Proofreaders, preparing texts for Project Gutenberg.

 

Paul Adie  Identity Verified
Germany
Spanish to English
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Forced into the situation Aug 12, 2014

When working in-house I was in charge of checking and helping a fresh graduate. Ended up being a rather tricky situation; I checked her work objectively and pointed out only clear areas for improvement, but she thought she didn't need the help. I wouldn't want to be put in that situation again!

 

M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:54
English to Polish
No directly Aug 12, 2014

I never volunteered, but I did encourage and then mentored a friend, who is now also a translator.

 

María González, M.A. ForLang
Spain
Local time: 20:54
English to Spanish
I love it Aug 12, 2014

I occasionally mentor undergraduates or recent graduates who want to learn the ropes by giving them insider tips, advice and encouragement. I don't focus that much on how beautifully they translate or not, but on the specifics of building a translation career/business instead. Some orientation may save them a lot of trial and error on basic everyday stuff -- dealing with prospective employers or clients, goal-setting and so on.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:54
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other Aug 12, 2014

I taught translation at Georgetown University for 14 years - and the pay I received barely paid for my transportation to and from the campus.

 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:54
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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No thank you Aug 12, 2014

I try not to give people advice, solicited or otherwise

 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:54
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
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Article I wrote in ATA Chronicle Aug 12, 2014

Wow. This post reminded me of an article I wrote that was published in the ATA Chronicle in 1994 about the creation of an ATA Mentor program.

I no longer have the issue, but it's listed in the 1994 index at the bottom under NEWCOMERS' COLUMN:
https://www.atanet.org/chronicle/index1994.htm

Perhaps a collector has a copy...

Off topic: I also wrote another article that was published around the same time frame about this marvelous new invention - a CD containing multiple foreign language dictionaries. Ha!


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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No Aug 12, 2014

But I'd love to have a mentee

Sounds like one of those virtual pets from Japan you have to look after


 
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