Continuous Professional Development, again and again… this time for translation on COVID-19
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is essential in any career as technologies and knowledge evolve and professionals in all areas of work need to keep abreast of developments.
Although I do planned regular CPD in software, business practices and current technical areas of work, I also do unplanned CPD. The latter is usually associated with new projects in areas I am not so familiar with or new subject areas altogether. For example, on the onset of COVID‑19 there were many new words that came with it and translators and interpreters had to quickly research on the subject to know how to translate the different new words into their different target languages. This also happened to me. Unplanned CPD is no fun when it comes together with fast turnaround jobs on that particular new subject. However, such unplanned CPD in such unexpected circumstances helps translators to get it right first time and opens new windows of opportunities.
I enjoy new subject matters and the inherent challenges. Back in 2012 I was invited to translate a document on hydropower for Angola. My translation was a success and the project was approved but the 3 months I worked on the large project had to be split into research and translation. It was not an easy job and I had to read many different specialised documents and acquire rare specialist dictionaries but that made me a better translator and gave me expertise in hydropower translation.
Mónica Machado offers English to Portuguese Translation Services, for Portuguese-speaking African countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe in the areas of Oil and Gas, Agriculture and Farming, Environment, Shipping, Mining, Hydro Power, HSE and Social Sciences and International Humanitarian Aid. Fully certified translation services based in the UK. We can also translate and certify translations of educational qualifications, passports, company certificates of incorporation, birth and marriage certificates and similar documents.
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