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What advice would you give your younger self?


On X/Twitter, we asked our followers to tell us what advice they would give to their younger selves before starting a career in translating or interpreting.

Below are some of their responses:


1. Work hard and study

2. Have a business plan

3. Make sure your skills are up to scratch

4. Be flexible, reliable and invest in your expertise

5. Be adaptable and don't hyperspecialise


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