Yesterday’s Open Day at Atlas Translations was a real success I think. Why? Because of all the quality people who came along and made it, in my opinion, the most buzzing and interesting Open Day to date.
An Open Day kindly organised by a translation agency is a wonderful networking opportunity. Obviously, for me, it was excellent because I gave a talk on CAT tools and I got to share my passion for my job with a whole room full of people.
But I also learnt a lot from the other speakers, I learnt more about the needs of fellow translators, and I was able to answer many of the questions people ask themselves about CAT tools.
And there’s more.
I got a real sense of community from that event. I got some fantastic tips from fellow translators and interpreters in the room, and the day proved, if need be, that meeting together like is a unique opportunity to get help on some business points. Many of us work in isolation. An Open Day gets us the chance to get together, share the good and the bad, connect on Skype or Twitter and help each other. We are not competitors, we are fellows of the same profession.
Through mutual questions and answers, and the interaction of the participants, you can learn a LOT from an Open Day. Here are some practical examples of questions raised:
How do you process an “image PDF”?
What’s your favourite OCR software?
Can you dictate into Trados? (By the way, yes, you can!!)
What’s a good marketing strategy for translators?
Is it better to work as sole trader or a limited company?
What is a solopreneur?
What’s better, Trados, or memoQ?
What is the meaning of a fuzzy match?
Why is there a difference in price in a “Trados grid”?
What are your IP rights on translation memories?
And so on, and so forth. And guess what. I’ll address each of these questions and many more in my next blog entries. Now if you have questions too, contact me, contact Atlas, or leave a comment on this blog or on the Atlas blog! And why not keep an eye open for the next translation agency open day or event in your area? Happy networking!