We are pleased to announce the winner of our Translator of the Month action for March 2021!
This initiative is our way to way to say thank you! and recognize the efforts of the industry professionals: translators, the driving force behind every translation company’s success.
In this ocassion we would like you to meet Rebecca Bolton, who is one of our most regular marketing, business and legal translators.
Good morning, Rebecca.
You are one of our most regular and trusted marketing, business and legal translators. How did you become interested in these specific fields of the industry?
I have always had an interest in marketing and business and have studied these in the past, so it was a natural fit to specialise in these. I have also previously worked in SEO so digital marketing is especially of interest. My interest in the legal field has developed through my translation work.
You translate from many source languages: Italian, French, Spanish and German, that’s impressive! Which one is in your opinion the most challenging? Why?
German is the most challenging for me due to the word order differences compared to English and the sometimes challenging vocabulary.
What do you think are the greatest challenges of the translation industry nowadays? What advice would you give to beginner translators?
I think the pandemic has certainly hit the translation industry over the past year, with the economic downturn and uncertainty among clients having a knock-on effect on the translation industry. I also think that keeping up to date with new technologies and changing needs from clients is a challenge for both agencies and translators, so adaptability is important.
I would advise beginner translators to accept work within their competence and that they feel comfortable with, since when starting out there is a tendency to want to say yes to everything. This would help build both their reputation and experience. I also think that it is important to work with agencies that offer work that you enjoy and that you have good working relationships with.
Do you have a fixed schedule for work, or do you usually finish your day when your work allows you?
I tend to work Monday to Friday during standard working hours but sometimes I do work evenings and weekends. It depends on the workload.
Do you have a life motto?
It’s actually a Spanish saying “quien la sigue la consigue”. To me it means if you want something and work towards it then you will get it.
Thank you so much, Rebecca! Working with you is a real pleasure. Enjoy your SeproTec hoodie. :)