The translation industry is one that is constantly changing and evolving, thanks to the vast numbers of new digital tools that are being introduced into the marketplace. Despite this, it’s important to remember that translation is a centuries-old craft that requires a high level of human skill. As a result, a company providing professional translation services needs to ensure that it recruits highly skilled and capable staff, yet at the same time provides opportunities for continued development over time. So what are the criteria a good translation company should look for in prospective employees?
At Lingua Translations, when employing a new member of staff, our first question will be ‘Does this person have an education in language and, more importantly, does this person have an education at all?’
We insist that an education in languages is vital in order to provide professional translation services. All our staff are required to have a degree related to languages, such as modern languages, interpreting or translating, and are always encouraged to improve their skills where possible. Some staff members might continue their education and do a Master’s degree, or they might try to gain a translation software certification.
Although it might seem obvious that people working in the translation industry need a background in languages, the number of translation companies whose CEOs do not have any language skills is surprisingly high. At Lingua Translations we pride ourselves on the fact that our Company Directors are both trained translators, and so have a real understanding of what the whole process involves. Why not have a look at our ‘About us’ section of the website to find out more about the staff who provide our professional translation services?
The value of dealing with people who know their job from the inside should never be underestimated. We believe that for a translation or interpreting company, managers who have studied relevant fields are very likely to better assess the work of their translators and interpreters, providing helpful advice and direction.
Finally, it should be acknowledged that committed companies will not be afraid to reveal who their employees are. They will be able to confirm that they only employ staff whose credentials can be easily verified. They will display them in the news section of their website or in a blog post or newsletter. Staff achievements, new employees and trainees may also be tweeted, announced and discussed. At Lingua Translations, we like to demonstrate how our company is bursting with young people’s up to date knowledge and enthusiasm, whilst at the same time benefitting from a highly talented in-house team.