CTA Webinar on Personal and Professional Networking

By Sharon Heller, CTA Media Coordinator.

As part of its goal to offer further education and professional development opportunities to all its members, the Colorado Interpreters & Translators Association launched its first webinar on Thursday, August 27.

The webinar, entitled Personal and Professional Networking for Translators, was presented in partnership with ACADEMIA Webinars, and moderated by CTA’s interim vice president, Marion Rhodes.

ACADEMIA is a German organization founded by translation professionals from various backgrounds, who have come together with the mission of offering continuing educational opportunities in translation across the globe. In this webinar, Dr. Marie-Luise Groß presented the results of her study focusing on the social networks used by freelance translators. Dr. Groß is also one of the founders of a soon to be launched online network that will connect language professionals, language service providers, and corporations, in a trusted environment.

Audience questions were encouraged, with discussions including the pros and cons of social media networks, in particular Facebook, as well as more traditional group environments such as mailing lists. Opinions aside, participants were left in no doubt as to the value that social networks offer freelance translators.

Looking ahead, Bianca Blüchel has offered to present a second ACADEMIA webinar to the CTA. The topic will be the use of the software WebResearch to facilitate the translation workflow. This webinar has already been added to the CTA calendar and will take place on January 28, 2016, at 11.00 am MST.

Next in our next CTA Webinar Series will be held on Thursday, September 24, at 11.00 am MST. Tuomas Kostiainen, an SDL-approved Trados trainer, will be delivering a Practical MultiTerm Webinar. To ensure that the event is as productive as possible for participants, space has been limited to 15 seats. To register, go to: https://citacolorado.org/events/practical-multiterm-webinar/.

Marion Rhodes said that she hopes these webinars will become regular occurrences that will offer CTA members the chance to increase their knowledge and skills from the comfort of their home offices, and at minimal expense.