In today’s world, you have countless options when it comes to choosing a career. If you work hard enough, you can literally be anything that you want to be. One very exciting field to work in is language translation. As a language translator, you can live anywhere in the world, plus you will be able to easily find a job right here in America. To become a language translator, you are only limited by your own desire to learn. The more languages that you master, the better job opportunities will be presented to you, and the more choice you will have when deciding where you want to work.
The first step toward becoming a language translator is to learn and become fluent in a foreign language. If you are already bilingual, you have cut out the longest and most difficult part of the process. If you only have a basic knowledge of a foreign language or no knowledge at all the best thing to do is to talk to someone at your local community college. Get enrolled in foreign language courses and study diligently to become proficient in the language as fast as possible. In addition to foreign language courses, you can also find schools that offer classes in translation and interpretation enroll in those as well.
When you become fluent in one or more languages, the next step is to become accredited. This makes you official, so to speak. When you start applying for jobs, they will want to know that you have the proper credentials. You can also take a test to prove your language proficiency. This builds your resume and shows that you are serious about your chosen language. After doing this, you must gain experience. Apply for internships and make friends with anyone and everyone who is in the industry. Finally, start applying for every single available job out there.
As previously mentioned, you have a variety of options when it comes time to decide where you would like to work as a language translator. Law firms, hospitals and police districts are a great place to start, and almost every other government job could use bilingual employees especially if you are fluent in both Spanish and English. Perhaps you would like to work in an embassy overseas you can do that too! Every job has different perks associated with it, so it is up to you to decide which one would suit you best.
You must also take into account the amount of competition that you have. If you would like to work in a certain field, you could benefit greatly from learning more about that field before applying to be a language translator. After all, with no medical knowledge it would be difficult for you to effectively work in a medical environment. There may be words that you do not know or concepts that you don’t understand if you are not educated in both foreign language and medicine.