About 100 aspiring translators and interpreters came to Aston University on Saturday, 14 March 2015, to get information on Starting Work as a Translator or Interpreter (SWATI) and benefit from the experience of professionals working in the translation industry. This SWATI event was jointly organised by the Translation Studies group of the School of Languages and Social Sciences and the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.
Feedback from participants has been great:
“I found this event very interesting, the skills that translators need for each type of translation was very helpful as some of us can still be uncertain about what we would like to do. I also found the pricing very helpful, as it gave me an idea of the amount of work and the different salaries which correspond to them, as well as the different work places which were mentioned (EU, UN, etc) and their requirements.”
“I found it very useful hearing about other people’s experience and how they managed to get to where they are now. It also helped me in getting to know new institutions that I could apply to for work experience and also create connections. It gave me an insight of what I will need to obtain in order to get into the translation or interpreting careers. Overall I enjoyed the event, it made me realise that there is more to translation than just translating words!”
We hope to be able to co-organise such an event again soon!