Some people say you don’t have to specialize if you are working in a small language pair. I believe you can benefit a lot from specializing, no matter what language combination or language “size”. In this episode I’m interviewing another freelance translator. He gave a great talk about an amazingly fast and almost free way to specialize.
I’ve had requests to feature other “regular” freelance translators, how they got started and built their business. This time we got some great tips on how to specialize. I have given talks about specializing, especially how to use your specialization as a unique selling point. By specializing we can become both a better and faster translator, and we can collaborate with other translators for the areas we don’t specialize in. Don’t you agree?
I am a freelance English to Russian/Ukrainian translator with 13 years of professional experience in the industry. During my translation career, I changed several specializations at which I excelled. Many years ago, I used to translate in the education sector for educational institutions. A few years later, I became a translator for the steelmaking industry. In 2010 I went abroad to work as a translator for businesses engaged in coal mining. And it wasn’t until 2013 that I became what I am now: a life sciences translator. Want to learn more about me? Check out my ProZ.com profile.
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