How to build up a translation career from scratch

How to build up a translation career from scratch

   

You’ve decided you want to work as a translator. Congratulations! But where do you go from here? If you’re wondering how to become a professional translator or how to get translation experience, you’re in the right place. Below we’ll cover everything you need to know about the nature of translation work, from how to start getting projects from firms that render  translation services to landing those big clients as a freelancer. Read on to learn how to launch your translation career and then take it to impressive new heights.

There is no single route into becoming a professional translator, though a language degree can certainly help you get a foot in the door. Obviously, you will need to be fluent in two languages.

Mike Yarwood, shipping & warehouse lead, Moovit

There are several ways that you can approach starting out in translation. One is to contact translation agencies, as many will be willing to give new translators a chance. You can register online for multiple agencies and use jobs sourced through them to build up your initial experience. The work may not be too highly paid at first, but as you build up a good reputation and become a trusted, reliable source of high-quality translations, there’s plenty of scope for that to change.

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