We’re all in the same boat!

We’re all in the same boat! People may see us all as competitors, I think we see each other as colleagues. If you have a look at our industry, you will find a huge diversity of fields, so even if we are working with the same languages, we may not be competing at all. I won’t deny that there’s a certain level of competition, but I don’t think that gets in the way of the great relationships we have with our colleagues and we always help our peers.

Helping when there’s a difficult term

We use social media to our advantage. We create forums, social media groups and other spaces where we can communicate with each other and have a great interaction with our peers. That is a very useful tool. Those groups and forums may have hundreds or even thousands of members, among those members there will be plenty of colleagues that work in the same languages we do. So, for example, if we encounter a certain word that we are unsure about, we can always ask those colleagues. They may not be able to help us, but they may give us tools to find better options. In the same way, we can help other colleagues. We learn from each other, and that is one of the greatest things in our profession.

Helping when we are unsure about a client

Most of us work as freelancers, and although we may have contracts with great clients, sometimes we may be contacted by companies we are unsure about. Most of these forums have black lists where you can check if the company contacting you is there, but sometimes you can also ask other colleagues if they have ever worked with them.  If they did, they will be happy to provide feedback. Although, this can be a very tricky exercise, and sometimes people tend to put very negative comments on social media groups. This is unethical and inappropriate. If you have worked with a particular company and had a bad experience, you can say so without being too negative or rude. Most of those groups are public forums and other possible clients will see it and evaluate the way you treat clients, even if it’s a bad one. Always treat clients with professionalism and respect.

Helping the new generations

We can also help ensure the future of our industry. I think this is the noblest part of our ongoing cooperation and professional solidarity. We can become mentors and help the new generations of translators. Using our experience and expertise to help other colleagues to establish themselves is an amazing way to contribute to the great success of our industry and also to maintain great standards among professionals.

It is ethical, it is right and it is rewarding!

All of this is part of our professional solidarity. Professional solidarity is also a point in the AUSIT Code of Ethics. This clause says we should always act for the good of the profession and in solidarity with our peers. That means we should not make judgements of other colleagues’ choices, we should help our colleagues and ensure we all have a great professional relationship. Yes, we may be working in the same languages, but that does not mean we are enemies and we cannot help each other.

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