Have you ever thought that you can be a translator or interpreter? Well, this is not something you can’t do but first you must be wondering what a translator on interpreter does? What is a difference between these two terms and how can someone get into this field. Any person who translates the written documents is called a translator and any person who help someone to translate any spoken word is called interpreter. For example, if you are applying for any university in United States as a foreign student, you must have to hire a translator to perform certified high school diploma translation services. Translator will review your source /original file and translate in written form. Similarly, you are applying for immigration and you cannot speak English very well, you have to hire an interpreter who can come along with you on the day of interview and help you interpret what is being said by you or an interviewer.
To be an interpreter or translator, you don’t need any degree or diploma however if you get one to excel, it will be great plus in your translation career. Many translators in United States, they don’t have any degree or diploma but still they are successful in their field because they have full command on source language as well as target language. Kimberley, our expert Spanish translator does not have any degree but what she does, excellent control over Spanish and English. She provides certified Spanish translation services to us and many other translation agencies within North America, South America and Caribbean But if you want to provide certified translation services, you must have a certification. Certification is something which give you authority on language and you can assure that the translation is correct and complete.
Normally these interpreters or translators don’t have formal trainings. They go with their native language and turn into multi-lingual. They start their career as a freelancers on different platform like Fiver, Upwork or Freelancers and then grow with the experience. Verbal communication, strong listening and speaking skills are some essential requirements for translation services. There are several fields which translators and interpreters can choose. One can do multiple fields but since this is in-depth industry and it requires expertise and knowledge, people choose to be limited with one field such as legal interpreting, medical interpreting or business such as accounting and finance. Legal and medical interpreting is considered tough due to hard terminology. There are types of interpretation such as telephonic interpretation, Onsite consecutive interpretation and Simultaneous onsite interpretation. Now a days telephonic interpretation services are becoming popular because of ongoing pandemic.
How to Start a Successful Interpretation Career
There are no hard and fast rules but there are no short cuts too. However, if you want to know how you can become successful interpreter or translator, you can read the following instructions.
1- Most importantly, find your field and make your best decision out of it. Analyze your skills, qualification and interest and check out the market demands. You may enter into one field but don’t like it but keep consistent with the decision you make.
2- Try to work freely in the beginning of your career. This is for your learning and gaining experience. Try to go with non-formal interpreting assignments where you don’t have to worry about mistakes or low experience.
3- Join some discussion groups online on Facebook or try to register with any community where you can find experienced interpreters and translators. It will help you to get together with them and learn some amazing experiences.
4- If you get chance to attend any seminar or networking meeting related to your industry, you must go and attend that. It will be impactful for your career.
You can join any translation agency and start getting some freelance work on low pay rate for experience. There are many top level certified translation agencies in United States. Few of the top agencies are Day Translation, Rust Translate, Versatile Languages and The Spanish Group.
At Versatile Languages, At Versatile Languages, we are expert in translating over 120 languages, providing complete accurate and professional certified translation services for many years. With quick turnaround time and inexpensive price, we have established our own reputation and we are most trusted translators for Valencia College, Nova Southeastern University, and University of Fort Lauderdale. Not only in educational sectors, we translated over 1000 projects in medical, legal and business fields. With head office in Fort Lauderdale, we have been providing excellent translation services not only in Miami, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale but to other states as well. Our Online certified translation services enables us to serve our clients anywhere, anytime. We also provide onsite consecutive interpretation, telephonic interpretation services, American Sign Language Interpreter. Our telephonic interpreters are trained and professional with years of experience.