There is no training required to become a translator; however I recommend you to place training in somewhere of your life to become a good translator. A translator who does not have translation training can do successful translations; however these translations are usually coincidence. An educated translator can explain what, how and why he translated.
Expert knowledge is important. Do not expect the time you will translate to have knowledge about the topic you will be translating. Research, learn, get ready for the translation as you are studying lesson.
You should also improve yourself out of school. Make the translation a part of your life. try to translate what you listen, watch, read in your daily life. Repeat the exercises every day in this way.
Pay attention to develop your general culture, accumulation of your popular culture. Follow the news, current events. Be informed of economics, literature, politics, etc.
Prepare a CV to yourself; accumulate things to add to your CV until you graduate. Participate to seminars, conferences, volunteer projects, attend courses. Try to built connections with benificial people.
Do not underestimate the written translation. Making a written translation is also a part of providing sufficient accumulation for interpreting. Your character may be suitable to verbal translation; however instead of running away from the translation by pleading, go over your problems. Develop yourself regarding the issues such as enduring and continuous focusing, long working time, meeting the deadline.
We often don’t choose to work as a full-time or freelance translator. Working freelance chooses us. If it chooses you, get your home environment well organized. A large table, a fridge full of tertiary processed meals and a high speed computer can be a good idea for a proper working environment.
When we enter the sector, usually the things may not go as planned. You are interested in art; but you can face always with an automotive translation. Suddenly, you can find yourself as a specialized translator in the automotive sector. Interest, curiosity and enthusiasm are good. But do not worry if you can not get jobs in the areas you want; Learn to love the fields where you work.
Go ahead with preliminary preparation whatever you will interpret; never interpret by yourself, especially when you are new graduate. Do not go alone for more than one or two hours interpretations after you gain a certain experience. There can be anything during interpreting, you may face with unexpected problems.
Make confidentiality and impartiality your first principle. Do not share the contents of any meetings with third parties. Never do a biased translation.
The conference interpreter is the headliner of the translation cabin. When you get on the stage, do not let anyone to interfere which song you will sing.
Translation is a creation. It is a product that you entirely produce; so all rights are yours. If your voice is recorded, demand copyright for your product.
Translator interprets in oral translation jobs. Do not try to solve technical problems. Do not fall back upon the organization.
We live in the global world. Speakers from all over the world can speak English at international meetings. Be prepared to hear different accents. Include speakers with different accents among your oral translation exercises.
Interpreting is an enjoyable activity; however the market we try to survive, requires you to have nerves of steel. Be gentle, smile and learn to look in the bright side of everything.
He who gets up in anger, sits down with a loss . Do not allow to suffer from the competitive feelings and ambition. Your colleagues may be your friends or turn into your competitors according to your attitude. Try to built good relationships with everyone. Interpreting is already difficult; doing this without breaking any heart and having fun, is completely in your hands.
You should continue to built up your language training that you get at school with your personal studies.
Area selection is difficult, on the way of this selection do not be hurry to decide, it will settle in time.
The most important point is to know your own language first, please often read books. Be reminded that it is not expected to make healthy translations from someone, who has no command of his native language.
Appearance and attitude are quite important in the field of interpreting. People are ready to judge you, even with your appearance, the way of sitting. When you get in a platform, if you show a profile that is lack of confidence, people try to abuse you and pile extra work to you in every sense. So take a tough stance and try to recover your mistakes instantly, and the most important thing is to trust yourself and be proud of your work.