Hi there, I'm considering a career change to become a translator (from French/Spanish to English). I'd appreciate any advice or insight anyone out there has.
I graduated 10 years ago with a good degree in languages, and have worked in the public sector ever since, gaining lots of experience in writing a huge variety of documents (in English). I've used my languages quite a lot but not really in a professional capacity.
Due to a change in circumstances, I'm considering doing an MA in translation and trying to set myself up as a translator working from home.
Does anyone have any views on the extent to which an MA is worthwhile? I am looking at those offered via distance learning from Birmingham, Bristol and Portsmouth, and it's quite hard to work out which is 'best'. I'm interested in a course that equips me with the skills and knowledge I need and also that will help me get work!
How easy or difficult is it to set oneself up as a freelance translator and earn a decent amount? I'd be so grateful for any views or experiences you could share!
I am not a translator but work as a project manager in a translation company.
I would say that to get on the books of any reputable agency you will need a qualification (which is not just HOW to translate, but also how to use translation software) but also some proven experience.
I'm afraid your language combos aren't very unique so there's a lot of competition and as such the rates you can charge will also be lower.
Hi, thanks for your reply. I'm well aware that it's an unoriginal combination so really want to make the right choice when getting a qualification. Would you say a Master's is the right qualification to get? Are any unis seen as particularly strong? Any suggestions on how I would start to get experience?
I would be looking to get a specialism, what areas are good to consider? I was thinking IT or similar.
I am a professional translator who works from home, having moved from an office-based career after 13 years. If you want to PM me, I'd be happy to offer you some suggestions. I'm still learning all the time, but I'll help if I can!