Impressions of a first time attendee at the ATA 53rd Annual Conference in San Diego – by Carmen Ferreiro

In my experience, translators live in two worlds.

Some of us grew up in one country before moving to another, others studied languages at school, then lived abroad. This experience marks us. We may speak both languages fluently and feel totally comfortable in both cultures, but because we cannot turn off our knowledge of one world when looking at the other, this also makes us outsiders.

That’s why attending my first annual conference in San Diego was such an extraordinary experience. I loved meeting so many people from so many different backgrounds who, like me, had a dual take on life.

But if meeting like-minded attendees was an unexpected bonus, the conference itself was even more gratifying. It provided an excellent space to network, learn about the new and improved CAT tools, and its more than 200 sessions covering a wide array of subjects had something for everyone.

In my case, and because I went to the conference to learn how to increase my client base as I move toward being a full time translator, I chose the workshops that were business related.

I did so reluctantly since, with my background in Biology and Languages, I feared I would not be able to follow the business jargon, but I was surprised. The speakers were most knowledgeable and conveyed their information in a language I could understand.

If I had to choose my two favorite workshops I would name: Chris Durban’s “The Care and Feeding of Direct Clients” and Friderike Butler and Jeana Clark’s “Making the Whole Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Virtual Partnership Among Freelance Translators.”

Chris Durban’s insistence we take pride in our professions was most inspiring, and I loved Friderike and Jeana’s idea of creating a partnership between two (or more) freelance translators to offer their services as a translator/editor team to their clients. It’s a win/win situation I’d love to imitate.

As for so many sessions I missed, I can’t wait to get them online to listen to them on my own time.

What about you? Which ones were your favorite sessions and why?

 

Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban was born in Galicia (northern Spain) and went to college in Madrid, where she finished her Ph.D. in Biology. For the next ten years, she worked as a researcher both in Madrid and at the University of Davis in California. Since 2000 she has being a translator (En<>Sp) and writer (English and Spanish). Her two writer websites are:  www.carmenferreiroesteban.com and http://www.writeeditpublish.com/. You can also follow her at her blog: http://carmenferreiroesteban.wordpress.com/

She’s working right now at creating her website as a translator.

Carmen Ferreiro, Ph.D.

Writer/Editor/Translator (En<>Sp)
Life Sciences/Medical/Pharmaceutical/Literary