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Achieving excellence

Enhance your skills as a freelance translator

The Translating Division would like to welcome you to their one-day online event.  There will be four presentations on the following topics:

* Diversifying your services as a linguist: working as a teacher, a translator, and agency manager
   Presenter: Karine Chevalier-Watts MCIL CL

In this presentation, Karine Chevalier-Watts will tell you about her varied career in languages, from first qualifying as a language teacher, working as a French and English schoolteacher in France and the UK and as a personal tutor, preparing students for their GCSE and A Levels as well as teaching adults in business and further education; becoming a freelance translator, setting up a small but fast-growing agency, managing translating and interpreting projects with a team of fellow professional linguists; assessing and moderating language exams for governmental organisations such as the British Ministry of Defence and using her teaching and translating experience to coach and mentor new translators.

She will tell you about the opportunities and advantages of diversifying, as well as the challenges of being a “Jack of all Trades” in the language profession!

Karine is a French native speaker who, after gaining a diploma in business studies with applied languages and law, worked for 10 years in various management roles in international companies using her languages daily. In 2011, she set up her own linguistic service agency: “KLAS Languages”. She became a full member of CIOL in 2015 before obtaining Chartered Status two years later in Translation and Education. She is also the Coordinator and Treasurer of the CIOL Translating Division, a mentor for new translators, and works as a Language Moderator for DPI & DPSI exams through CIOL.

* Literary translators and technology: friends or foes?: 
  Presenter: Paola Ruffo

Translation technology has often been deemed incompatible with literary translation and unsuitable for dealing with the specific challenges posed by creative texts. However, recent developments in the nascent field of Computer-Aided Literary Translation (CALT) and studies on the application of Machine Translation and post-editing to the literary translation workflow are starting to challenge this notion. This being said, literary translators’ narratives of their relationship with technology are still rarely taken into account. Instead, research on literary translators tends to focus on how they construct their professional self-image. The qualities of their professional self-emerge as quintessentially human and belong to the sphere of creativity, artistry, talent and craftsmanship. In light of this, is there scope for the use of translation technology in literary translation and to what extent? What are the implications for literary translators as professionals? And how do literary translators self-imaging strategies affect their attitudes towards technology? This session will attempt to answer these questions, exploring literary translators’ place in this new and ever-changing socio-technological landscape.

Dr Paola Ruffo is a researcher in the field of Computer-Assisted Literary Translation (CALT). She has recently joined Ghent University as a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow to work on 'Developing User-centred Approaches to Technological Innovation in Literary Translation (DUAL-T)'. She has previously worked as a freelance translator and Lecturer in Translation Technology at the University of Bristol.

* Top ten tips for business growth success and contingency planning:
  Presenter: Joanna Ramsden MCIL CL

Are you interested in gaining top tips to help you build and grow your business? Do you feel that having a mentor will give structure to your daily work routine to grow your business more quickly?

Whether at business start-up stage or more experienced linguist, you will receive some useful advice in this webinar to successfully build and grow your business, with a particular focus on working as a professionally accredited translator.

Key take-aways:

  • Using tried and tested business growth models in your business
  • The importance of CIOL mentoring support and applying SMART goals
  • Gaining Return on Investment (ROI) to your daily tasks
  • Top Tips to ensure resilience and successful business growth
  • Practical advice about being self-employed vs. employed and hybrid working

JoJo Ramsden MCIL CL has been managing her own business Chinese Translations UK and Dragon&Phoenix Business Growth Consultancy, translating medical, legal and financial documents as a Chinese and French into English translator, teacher. She also works as a business growth coach and mentor, assisting other entrepreneurs to grow their businesses successfully using tried and tested business growth models. JoJo has been running her own business for the past 6 years, with a total of 30 years using languages in her career as a manager in prestigious international bilingual private and public organisations including the British Council in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China and the UK. 

* Pricing your services with confidence: 
  Presenter: Susie Jackson

This session will discuss different approaches to setting your rates and will outline 5 things to avoid doing. If you feel uncertain about how much you should be charging for your translation and interpreting services, or find that you have to work long hours just to make ends meet, or are even afraid your clients won’t be able to pay higher rates, then join this session to gain the confidence to make these changes.

Key take-aways:

  • A framework for calculating your prices to make sure you earn enough without having to work 24/7.
  • Tips on approaching clients about raising your rates and negotiating if they don’t have the budget to pay what you want to charge. 

Susie Jackson is a Spanish-to-English translator and copy editor specializing in academic texts for the social sciences. She also mentors freelancers on pricing to help them figure out how much they should be charging and how to raise their rates with clients so that they can earn a decent living doing what they love.


Programme timings:

10.00 – 10.05: Welcome

10.05 – 10.55: Diversifying your services as a linguist

10.55 – 11.10: Q&A

11.10 – 12.00: CAT Tools in Literary Translation

12.00 – 12.15: Q&A

12.15 – 13.00: Break

13.00 – 13.45: Top ten tips for business growth success and contingency planning

13.45 – 14.00: Q&A

14.00 – 14.45: Pricing your services with confidence

14.45 – 15.00: Q&A

15.00 - 15.05: Closing notes


Please book your place here

November 4th, 2022 10:00 AM
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