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Working as a Translator

The value of being Qualified

To be qualified as a translator opens a world of opportunity globally. Linguists who hold qualifications like the CIOL Qualifications Certificate in Translation (CertTrans) have demonstrated skills which will help them progress in their translation careers. Proven translation skills will be of value to recently graduating students and also to people who work or want to work in international organisations, as well as many linguists in business, the professions and government. 

The value of being Recognised

Practicing translators recognise that professional qualifications add to their credentials, increase their client base and underpin their fees. The CertTrans can support holders of the qualification in becoming a freelance translator, working with translation agencies or bring success with in-house translation roles. The CertTrans is also a great qualification to be recognised in additional languages, adding more strings to your bow. 

More experienced and well established translators can then further develop specialisms such as medical, business, legal translation etc. or develop knowledge in new areas or fields from economics, science and technology to arts and culture all of which can be demonstrated via the semi-specialised units of the CIOLQ Diploma in Translation (DipTrans).

The value of being a CIOL Member 

Linguists who hold the CIOLQ CertTrans or DipTrans can apply for membership of CIOL and join our professional community of linguists. To find out more about the working lives of professional translators and CIOL members read the Working as a Translator guide or click on the image below.

Develop and prove yourself as a qualified translator

Translators are experts in culture, languages and communication; as such, translation skills can enable you to undertake a wide variety of roles. Investing time and effort in achieving a professional qualification like the CIOL Qualifications Certificate in Translation (CertTrans) is a great next step to take. Find out more by clicking here.

Promoting yourself as a translator

Social media can be highly effective for Translators. Take a look at our ten tip 'checklist', developed with some of our most experienced CIOL Translator Members, to help build your online presence here.

More advice and case studies from our Translator members

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