What being stuck looked like for me
I came to this profession after realizing I was stuck in many areas of my life. Becoming a freelance translator was my way of getting unstuck. I started by gathering information: taking classes, reading professionals’ blogs, attending webinars and workshops, and, above all, connecting with other translators. It felt liberating, exhilarating for a while, until I realized… I was stuck again. I was glued to my seat at the table in the comfortable research phase that prefaces launching a new career. It was time to get out of my seat and get active, put myself out there.
How will you use these 3 actions?
I’m sure I’m not the first translator to feel stuck like that. You may not necessarily be in the same place I was, but I bet you know the feeling. It could be due to any number of reasons from reaching a plateau to feeling paralyzed and overwhelmed. Who knows? Only you do.
What I can tell you is what worked for me to get unstuck so I could move on to the next phase of my career. How will these you use these three actions?
1. Get a mentor
2. Join a translator association board or support it
3. Develop a brand via social media
I’m not saying the above steps are easy to take. You don’t just send an email and suddenly have an answer that gets you moving. It requires devotion and commitment on your part. And time. It takes time. Give these steps a shot, if you feel like they could help you.
If you have a similar success story from taking one of the above actions, please share it below.
*I know, I know, people could just get that information from your CV, but it’s 2016, and social media is a major communication platform that no business can afford to not be a part of.
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