Translators never stop learning! We are like doctors. We learn from webinars and courses, we learn from our peers, we learn from our clients and we learn from our jobs. Every day is different, every job is a different challenge and that is what makes our job so interesting. I think we can never be bored in this job, because we are always challenging ourselves to do more, to learn more and to be the best.
Professional development is probably the most easily recognised form of learning, not only for translators but for any other professionals. These are events we attend and where we can learn new skills, change our specialisation or develop new methods or technologies in our industry. It can be a 1-hour webinar, a 3-hour short course or a new uni degree. It all depends on what we want to do and what goals we want to achieve.
Networking events and mentoring programs
We can also learn from our peers. There are many ways we can engage with other colleagues and exchange ideas. Those are particularly good as they not only allow us to learn and grow as professionals but they are also a great way to meet new people and socialise. Unfortunately, 2020 wasn’t the best year for that, or at least not in person, but there were still ways we could socialise, like online meetings, for example, forums, social media groups.
Then we have mentoring programs, where we can learn directly from an experienced colleague. Usually, these programs are focused on helping new translators starting their careers, but they can be useful for any translator.
Learning with clients and jobs
We can also learn with our clients and the projects we do with them. For me, this is one of the best parts of being a translator. Because we need to learn about our clients and their needs to be able to understand the projects. In that process, we learn about different industries, different fields. This is what challenges us and make our research sometimes for hours. In the end, we have learnt so much about that field and about that company and we also grew professionally.
We are never bored
If we truly love our job I believe we can never be bored. First of all, because if you do what you love you never feel bored. But also, if you want to be the best in your job you will always be looking for a way to improve yourself. That means learning new skills or improving yours. I believe translators are naturally curious. We love learning and discover new things, so we research, we study, we practice and we learn. With all this learning, we have no time for boredom!