Dealing with many clients the world all over who are always responsive to the nowadays’ quick paced world; translators are the most professionals who feel the severe stress and tensions arising therefrom.
It is therefore our duty to be always prepared. If translators are graduates of translation or language faculties, this entails that they must keep abreast of developments in a wide array of fields specifically their fields of work and interest. On the other hand, if translators are specialists, i.e. graduates of Finance, Law or Medicine … etc., they should be keen on maintaining their subject skills and increasing their knowledge in their fields of specialty.
Reading translation related publications is very important to keep updated of the latest trends in the field. Moreover, keeping a close follow up of specialized publications such as magazines, circulars or even journals and newspapers is another great way to keep up with industry specialized news and to familiarize yourself with both industry-specific terminology and adopted style. Adopting the following three points can be of great help.
Taking evening classes or online courses in your specialist field to expand your knowledge of the subject.
Attending seminars and conferences in your field is the best way to get direct contact with your target clients and colleagues who can be sources of potential clients. You also get to know more about the know-how of the industry and its latest developments.
· English Resources
To keep abreast of the current affairs and news taking place in this quick paced world and even to improve your writing style and translation, I believe that a regular reading of the following magazines and newspapers will ensure that your English stays up-to-date. I, therefore, suggest reading some online sources such as The Economist, The Guardian and The Times. I also find The Observer and The Sunday Times, very interesting in providing a more in-depth analysis of current affairs.
The BBC is another extraordinary news resource where many of its television news programmes can be accessed online.
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