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CPD log

According to the ITI, "Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills. It also encourages the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional duties." I am committed to CPD and therefore aim to complete 30 hours of CPD a year, the ITI's suggested minimum number of hours. Below are just a few highlights of some of the CPD I have undertaken in recent years.

Jul 09, 2019

7 hours of CPD

Business Language Champions - International Day

I regularly volunteer for Business Language Champions, a charity aiming to promote modern foreign languages and cultural cohesion by demonstrating to young students the importance of language skills in the workplace. At this event, I was a language specialist providing students with support while they completed a variety of challenges to develop a product and sell it to other countries around the world.

May 09, 2019

17.5 hours of CPD

ITI Conference 2019, Sheffield

After missing the 2017 edition of the ITI Conference, I was delighted to head to Sheffield for this year's conference. I had a great time meeting up with friends and colleagues, as well as listening to some thought-provoking talks. I've certainly come away with a renewed sense of vigour and confirmation that I'm doing the right thing to balance my business and family right now. Big things will come, but all in good time!

May 08, 2019

4.5 hours of CPD

ITI Research Network, Sheffield

I was invited by the then Chair of the ITI, Sarah Bawa-Mason, to attend the 2019 ITI Research Network event. While I was initially a little perplexed as to why I'd been invited (a classic case of impostor  syndrome!), I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon's presentations and Faraday discussion. The event focused on ethics and how we should handle ethical issues in our day-to-day translation work. It was a real comfort to know that as a solopreneur, I'm approaching tricky ethical decisions in the same way as larger translation agencies. I certainly didn't feel like an impostor by the end of the day.

Feb 13, 2019

7 hours of CPD

Business Language Champions - Marketing in the Making

I regularly volunteer for Business Language Champions, a charity aiming to promote modern foreign languages and cultural cohesion by demonstrating to young students the importance of language skills in the workplace. At this event, I was a language specialist providing students with support while they completed a variety of challenges to record, edit and produce a new advert as part of a marketing campaign for leading brands.

Nov 17, 2018

4 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group Autumn Workshop

Surrounded by fellow members of the ITI East Midlands Regional Group, I spent a very enjoyable if a little mind-bending afternoon at the University of Nottingham perfecting my Advanced Trados Studio skills. I probably got a little too excited when we learnt how to handle multilingual Excel files, but I can't wait to put my new-found knowledge to good use.

Nov 14, 2018

7 hours of CPD

Business Language Champions - DeMontford University GCHQ event

I regularly volunteer for Business Language Champions, a charity aiming to promote modern foreign languages and cultural cohesion by demonstrating to young students the importance of language skills in the workplace. At this particular event, BLC volunteers worked alongside language specialists from GCHQ to crack a code and solve an international crime. 

Sep 28, 2018

4 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group Annual Walk

Izzy and I joined a dozen or so other ITI EMRG members for this year's annual walk at Rutland Water. After a lovely lunch outside in the late September sunshine, we enjoyed a lovely stroll along the banks and through the woods, while chatting about how Brexit and how it might affect the profession in general and us as freelancers living in the UK. Certainly interesting times ahead.

Jun 15, 2018

8 hours of CPD

ITI "One Day In..."

I thoroughly enjoyed this new event organised by the ITI, in the years between the Institute's flagship conference. Hosted at the beautiful Gray's Inn, the day saw around 100 ITI members come together to network, exchange new ideas and just chat over some delicious food. I was also the proud recipient of an award - read more in my blog post!

May 23, 2018

3 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group Spring Event

Joining forces with the University of Leicester, I was proud to attend a wonderful event organised by the ITI East Midlands Regional Group called "Building Bridges". The event aimed at bringing professional translators from the region and Leicester University language graduates together to give everyone a chance to chat and ask any burning questions they may have. Seven brave ITI EMRG members took to the floor and gave informative presentations on a variety of subjects, including a translator's set-up at home, making sure you get paid, and getting noticed by an agency. The event was concluded with a small reception hosted by the University. 

The event was a great success and I may even brave the stage myself next year!

Apr 20, 2018

2 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group monthly meeting

This time, some members of the ITI East Midlands Regional Group met at The Blue Ball in Braunston for some tasty food and a good natter in what must be one of the most stunning of Rutland villages - a real hidden gem!

Feb 08, 2018

2 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group monthly meeting

I joined my fellow ITI East Midlands Regional Group members for a catch-up over a cup of coffee in the beautiful town of Uppingham in Rutland. Such a gorgeous setting and I'm pretty sure we could have chatted for hours, setting the world of translation to rights!

Jan 13, 2018

4 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group annual fuddle

As last year, the ITI East Midlands Regional Group congregated at one of our members' houses in Derby for our annual AGM and bring-and-share lunch. It was great to spend the afternoon with fellow colleagues from across the region, make plans for the upcoming year, and share a wonderful spread of food. The spicy lentil soup was particularly scrummy this year!

Nov 09, 2017

1 hour of CPD

A 2017 Update on Translating for the Travel and Tourism Industry

I thoroughly enjoyed Andrea Garfield-Barkworth's eCPD webinar on translating for the travel and tourism industry. Andrea provided many useful tips and hints, especially on where to go searching on the world wide web to find the best terminology for the field.

Oct 27, 2017

2 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group monthly meeting

A select group of local ITI East Midlands Regional Group members met for lunch and a chat about the latest comings and goings in the translation world. It's always great to meet people in real life and be reminded that we're not all robots behind a screen.

Sep 29, 2017

4 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group annual walk

My baby daughter, Izzy, and I joined a very enthusiastic group of ITI East Midlands Group members for lunch followed by a wonderful walk at Attenborough Nature Reserve, near Nottingham. It was a fitting way to celebration International Translation Day!

Mar 11, 2017

6.5 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group Spring Workshop

I had the pleasure of attending a workshop organised the ITI East Midlands group and lead by Ros Schwartz in March 2017. Ros was an excellent speaker and certainly made all attendees think more carefully about how they approach their translations. Striking the right balance between meaning and music is easier said than done!
I particularly enjoyed the afternoon's session when we were looking at 10 tricky passages from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince".

Feb 23, 2017

16 hours of CPD

ELIA Together conference, Berlin

I had the pleasure of attending the second ELIA Together conference in Berlin on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February. While the weather wasn't the kindest, it was fantastic to meet up with friends and colleagues from all over Europe, as well as current and potential clients. Some interesting talks and vitalising discussions have seen me return to my desk with a spring in my step!

Feb 01, 2017

2 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group, monthly meeting

I joined a group of fellow linguists from across the East Midlands area for a couple of hours of informal CPD in Leicester. As ever, it's great to meet up with other translators in real life, and swap professional and personal stories. I'm already looking forward to the next one!

Jan 25, 2017

2 hours of CPD

Northants Networking Lunch

Wednesday 25th January 2017 saw the next edition of the Northants Networking Lunch. Keynote speaker, Karthik Nagesan, was a former contestant on The Apprentice, and it was great to hear his ideas for growing your business organically. 

Jan 07, 2017

4 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group annual fuddle

Every January sees the ITI East Midlands group congregate at one of our members' houses in Derby for our annual AGM and bring-and-share lunch. It was great to spend the afternoon with fellow colleagues from across the region, and sharing a wonderful spread of food. Looking forward to next year already!

Apr 14, 2016

6 hours of CPD

ITI workshop: An introduction to Dication for Translators

I registered to attend another ITI workshop in Milton Keynes. This time the workshop was led by John Moran and will look at using dication software to increase productivity. I have my own copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking and have dabbled with it thus far (it's great for blog posts and emails) but I'm yet to fall in love with it for translating. I'm hoping this session will help me tame the dragon!

Feb 26, 2016

5 hours of CPD

ITI workshop: Social media & content marketing

On 26th February, I attended the ITI's workshop on Social media and content marketing led by Keren Lerner at the ITI's office in Milton Keynes. The workshop was very informative and provided much food for thought. It provided me with many tips for getting the most out of Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as different ways to promote your services to potential clients. I am slowly working my way through my to-do list from the session, starting with my LinkedIn profile. Watch this space for updates!

Feb 11, 2016

16 hours of CPD

ELIA Together conference, Barcelona

I attended the ELIA Together in Barcelona on 11th and 12th February 2016. The conference was organised by ELIA (European Language Industry Association). For an overview of the event, please head to my blog.

Feb 10, 2016

5 hours of CPD

memoQ training

Prior to the ELIA Together conference, I attended a 5-hour training session on memoQ run by Balázs Kis, the founder of Kilgray. We covered a variety of topics, including creating termbases, aligning documents and using Language Terminal.

Nov 07, 2015

4 hours of CPD

ITI East Midlands Regional Group Autumn workshop

Three sessions organised by the ITI East Midlands Regional Group as part of their Autumn workshop. In the first session, Jon Olds spoke about Machine Translation, Sarah Gatford then spoke about her career as a BSL interpreter and to conclude, Margaret Hiley spoke about proofreading.

Jun 01, 2015

15 hours of CPD

The Holistic Translator webinars

The "Holistic Translator" webinar series is hosted by Andrew Morris and aims to explore the values, attitudes and beliefs that underpin our daily practice, based on the strong belief that there is far more to professional fulfillment and success (however we choose to define it) thank our knowledge and mechanical skills as translators.

 

The series consists of 12 webinars over a period of 6 months, and encourages participants to reflect on where they are in their career now and what they can change (both internally and in the world around them) to ensure their professional life is an accurate reflection of the person they want to be.

 

The fourth webinar in the series ("The seven spheres of life") had a profound effect on me and helped to reflect a great deal. Read about it in my blog post.

Apr 22, 2015

22.5 hours of CPD

ITI Conference 2015

I attended the my very first ITI Conference in Gateshead in April 2015. It was a fantastic experience and you can read more in my blog.

 

Thursday 23rd April: Pre-conference masterclasses – "The Perfect Likeness" by Andrew Morris and "The Sound of Music" by Ros Schwartz

Friday 24th April & Saturday 25th April: Many varied and interesting talks, discussion panels and workshops provided plenty of food for thought.

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