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C01-Cross-Cultural Communication, Level 1

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Johanne Arbour
United States
Local time: 14:00
English to French
Would like to know Aug 8, 2013

If this is strictly oriented towards Spanish-English? I am a university student in English-French translation with a basic knowledge in Castillan. I'll return to the U.S. after two 2 years spent in France and 5 years prior to that, was living in GA. Last year at the university offers minor in Spanish language. Is there room for someone like me in the market?

 

Claudia Brauer  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:00
Member (2011)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Cross-Cultural Communication Aug 8, 2013

Hello, Jo. The sessions are language-neutral delivered in English and are appropriate for any language pair. The market for translation and interpreting is growing at a very interesting rate (more than many other industries).
There are many reports that confirm this statement, but I would guide you to read some of the following

http://www.commonsenseadvisory.com/Default.aspx?Contenttype=ArticleDet&tabID=64&moduleId=392&Aid=2890&PR=PR

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nataly-kelly/clearing-up-the-top-10-my_b_1590360.html

https://avantgardetranslations.com/documents/niche-marketing.pdf

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So, in short, yes, I believe there is a huge market for translation and interpreting in your language pair, provided you do your homework, which, in my personal opinion, is:

- ensure you use the tools of today (if translating, then CAT tools and accommodation for other technologies - if interpreting, learning about over-the-phone and remote-video interpreting, for example)

- do your marketing - remember that most translators and interpreters are freelancers, which translates into small business owners

- register at all the major agencies - more and more the job of translators and interpreters is being channeled (for good or for bad, but that is the reality) through the agencies.

And good luck!


 


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