2013 started quietly for me, until May I concentrated on completing my MA dissertation on the use of CAT tools to translate business texts. In May I also attended the excellent ITI Conference (http://www.iti.org.uk/professional-development-events/conference) which reinforced my belief in the importance of networking and gave me the opportunity to meet people I have admired for a long time.
In the second half of the year, having received my MA, I decided to concentrate on Continuing Professional Development in my areas of specialisation since I am mostly self-taught in these areas and I felt it was important to get some ‘formal’ education. I attended a number of webinars and courses in a range of subjects relating to business and tourism including An Introduction to Financial Accounting (https://www.coursera.org/course/accounting), a very interesting and challenging course which I am pleased to say I passed.
Overall 2013 was a successful year for LST. I worked on many interesting projects, including some in an area which was completely new to me – international development, and found new clients who understand the challenges involved in translation. In 2014 I intend to maintain my focus on building my knowledge in my specialist areas and hope to attend more industry-specific events. For example, I plan on attending the International Conference on Economic, Business, Financial and Institutional Translation at the University of Alicante in May (http://dti.ua.es/en/comenego/congreso-traduccion-economica/international-conference-on-economic-business-financial-and-institutional-translation.html) which I hope will give me the opportunity to learn from experts and meet more translators who have similar specialisations to myself.