Sucessful Online Seminar
On the 26th of March 2013, David Smith (Director of Constructive Translations) gave a popular on-line seminar on the Proz.com forum.
Tickets for the event cost 20USD, and a total of 36 tickets were sold. The title of the seminar was “Increasing revenue and professional development by specializing in technical documents“. In the talk, I talked about the best ways to become a well-paid technical translator.
The description of the courses pointed out that:
The process is not as simple as it may seem and there are many pitfalls in the early days and years. We will discuss strategic planning in your own career so you can achieve the best possible status, as well as thinking about how to treat jobs and clients. A good strategy early on will help you decide which forums and tools to use and which to avoid.
I will try to give data which will be useful for translators as a reference tool in deciding which direction to move and when to make the move. We will look at some examples of the different career paths available and some methods to figure out which are most beneficial.
These days, there are literally hundreds of translators competing for jobs. Having a strong technical subject-area will make you the first choice in that area to your clients, but you need to make sure they can find you. We will talk about ways to promote yourself and keep developing throughout your career.
My main focus was on the importance of high-quality. Both for the translator in the act of translation and for the translation agency in recruitment and in the continuing training and assessment of their team. The course is available for download via the Proz.com forum for 12 months. Since they own the rights, I cannot post the course notes here, but you will get access to everything by downloading the course.