How do you train and qualify to become an
Translation and Interpreting are specialist
skills. In most cases, you need specialist training and
qualifications to work at a professional level. However,
there are various alternative routes open to you, depending on your
existing language skills and work experience.
A degree level qualification is preferred but
it does not necessarily have to be in languages – you might have
acquired your high level language skills through another route, and
have a degree in another subject. Experience of another field (e.g.
science, technology, law, business) through study or work can be an
advantage and help you secure specialist assignments.
Postgraduate training in translation is required by some
employers but not all, as practical experience may be taken into
account. Postgraduate training is mandatory for employers in the
European Union institutions but other employers may require a
degree level qualification in interpreting and relevant work