DA Languages are proud to announce our linguists are entitled to receive £50 off the standard course fee if they use the code DALANGS_2018, with www.dpsionline.co.uk. Courses available can include DPSI Law and Health courses or Community Interpreting Courses for example.
How can Continuing Professional Development benefit a linguist and why should you be doing it? We explain all here.
Continuing Professional Development is a vital part of many different job sectors. For some job sectors such as accountancy, it is a legal requirement to continue to practice, that you have a specified time each year for CPD.
In other sectors, whilst it isn’t a compulsory requirement, if you neglect continual CPD each year, the quality of your work will suffer greatly. The field of interpretation and translation certainly falls into this area. For example CPD is not mandatory for CIOL members, but strongly encouraged. It is however a mandatory requirement of Chartered Linguist registration.
What is Continuing Professional Development?
The Institute of Translation and Interpreting (UK) refers to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as the ‘systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills’. It is the process of continual learning throughout your career, beyond the any initial training you receive at the start of your role. It can be long term courses delivered at a university, or informal weekly work you do to keep on top of your subject area.
How will CPD benefit a linguist?
Whilst many linguists will look at CPD as time away from work or their personal life, it is important to think of the time you can save. For example as a translator, consider the improved productivity skills you can learn and the improved quality of work which could save you from having to re-write a document.
An obvious benefit is the time saved with sharper language skills and an awareness of changes in your field/industry. Also many linguists struggle with the business skills required to work for yourself and keeping your accounts in order. Business development and client maintenance skills are crucial for a successful freelancer.
What CPD activities can a linguist perform?
The chartered Institute of Linguists suggest the following, non exhaustive list –
Courses – Professional language workshops, courses, conferences, seminars and lectures. E-learning e.g. webinars and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
Reading – Language newspapers and periodicals, literature, relevant professional publications e.g. The Linguist, publications related to your professional specialism and/or chosen specialist subject area (for translators and interpreters).
Writing – Writing book reviews, blogging, articles for The Linguist or other relevant publications, producing academic research.
Listening – Listening to relevant radio and TV programmes, teaching, delivering teaching/training.
Getting involved – Visits e.g. to client facilities, libraries, cultural activities, social and networking. events, volunteering for the CIOL (Council, committees, networks) or other language organisations.
Other skills – Learning administrative/office management skills (through self-study or training courses). Learning to use new software packages (through self-study or training courses).
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