By Marion Rhodes
Last week, I represented the Colorado Translators Association at a career fair for German students at the University of Colorado Boulder. Many of the students were interested in becoming translators after graduation, but most of them had no idea how to go about it.
Stepping into a freelance translation career is no walk in the park. Talk to 100 translators and you’ll get 100 different answers how they got started. For example, for me, translation was my second career. I had studied journalism in college and worked as a newspaper reporter for several years before cross-training into translation. And by cross-training, I mean teaching myself most of what I know about this industry with the help of books, webinars and blogs.
So I thought that to help beginning translators out, I could put together a list of helpful resources to guide them along the path to freelance life.
Here it is.
American Translators Association
International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters
Local associations in your state, such as the Colorado Translators Association
Corinne McKay’s Getting Started as a Freelance Translator
Marta Stelmaszak’s Business School for Translators
Nicole Y. Adams’ The A to Z of Freelance Translation
New York University Certificate in Translation
How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator by Corinne McKay
The Marketing Cookbook for Translators by Tess Whitty
Have any useful resources to add? Please let me know in the comments!