Professional Development - how to invigorate your career
Professional Development for translators and interpreters is the process of increasing your skills and capabilities in your profession. This is done through:
- education and training
- engagement with the translating and interpreting industry and
- maintaining your language skills.
Professional development is self-directed activity. As an interpreter or translator, professional development is an opportunity for you to and set your own program and choose activities that will support your professional life.
NAATI does not set programs for you, however the Professional Development Catalogue has been developed in order to help you achieve the goals of professional development.
Professional development helps you to:
- build on your growing skills and experience
- maintain your skills and think about them
- keep abreast of new developments in your industry,
- understand how new technology is changing your work
- develop and strengthen your ethical decision-making skills, and
- respond to your clients changing needs.
Practitioners can use Professional Development to develop soft skills as well. These are skills needed to interact effectively and harmoniously with people at work, such as communication skills, collaborative skills, and the ability for self-reflection.
Training opportunities could be formal coursework, attending conferences and seminars, or informal learning. NAATI generally supports any form of professional development that meets the requirements of the Professional Development catalogue.
For this reason, when choosing events or activities, you should consider the quality of the PD opportunities you engage with. Your time and money is valuable, so your training activities should be relevant to you. As a professional, you should ensure that events offer value and that the organisers are credible.
Practitioners can choose to do face-to-face training, online training and webinars, formal study, or be involved in a mentoring program.