|Dr. Patricia Phillips-Batoma from the University of Illinois' Center for Translation Studies talks to Spanish majors about careers in translation and interpreting.|
Yesterday we had our very first "Mi Carrera" workshop for Spanish majors at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Patricia Phillips-Batoma from the Center for Translation Studies set a wonderful tone for the rest of the semester by doing three things:
- Explaining very clearly what translation and interpreting are.
- Inspiring students to think of career paths they can follow (and money they can make!).
- Demonstrating how translators do their work.
There's nothing like being at a workshop in person, but Dr. Phillips-Batoma kindly shared her slides which you can see below. The main takeaways include:
- There is a lot of demand for Spanish translation and interpreting jobs.
- You need some training.
- Freelancing is the dominant work model--and you can make good money.
Furthermore, I pointed out to students that even if you do not become a professional translator/interpreter, as a bilingual in any profession you will probably be called upon to do those things. Why not learn how to do them now?
|Attendees included mostly freshmen Spanish majors, but all of the "Mi Carrera" workshops are appropriate for all Spanish majors at all levels.|