MOOCs for Professional Business Translators Free online learning for professional translators

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All professional translators should be dedicated to continuous professional development (CPD). Information is constantly being produced and we act as agents to international (often digital) communication. As such, we have to be up-to-date on the changing aspects of our sector, new writing styles ,and novel technologies. An advantage of globalization is facilitated access to learning – enough to provide you with a thorough curriculum to self-specialize in your subject. Self-specializing can be a reality for highly motivated professionals.

Clients need professionals who understand not only the translation profession but the clients’ industry itself. They need a professional they can trust, who will employ the appropriate language and terminology. Not only should you understand the nuances of translation, but you should write stylishly and fluently, as if you were fully integrated into your client’s industry. It doesn’t hurt to be able to make corrections or suggestions to source texts either! A great professional translator should aim to understand their industry of specialization as well or better than their own client.

Don’t have the time to get another graduate degree in your specialization? Let me introduce you to the MOOC, if you haven’t met already. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and it’s the translator’s new best friend. MOOCs are (usually) free online courses taught by researchers and professors from universities around the world. Topics range from business, law, mathematics, science, and even self-development and relationships! You can literally find a free course on anything. I am always taking at least one business or law course to keep up with my clients’ demands. Below is a list of upcoming MOOCs for business translators:

These are just a few out of many. I often have trouble just selecting one at a time, they all look so interesting. If you take any, let me know how they are!

Maeva Cifuentes

About Maeva Cifuentes

Translator-turned-marketer & blogger. I translate from French and Spanish into English and run, a B2B content marketing business for epic & ambitious brands.

4 thoughts on “MOOCs for Professional Business Translators Free online learning for professional translators

  1. Thank you so much for sharing, Maeva! Great compilation! Internet made it super easy to learn new things in a variety of formats: articles, audio, video, online courses. There’s an insane amount of information and lots of it is free 🙂 It makes a lot of sense to take advantage of this. I personally prefer a combination of videos and blog posts/articles/books to learn new things, but courses can also work (if they’re self-paced). I really like the one about Launching your Start-up. Thanks again for sharing, this is super useful and I’m making it our #PostOfTheDay! 🙂

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      1. I absolutely LOVE webinars. Especially when host have great energy and engage their viewers (Jason Zook and Paul Jarvis are great examples of that). It’s a fun and interactive way to learn new things.

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  2. Great information, Maeva! Where do you normally find these courses? Is there a website called I guess I could’ve checked it out before asking. Lol I know COURSERA offers some free courses, but last time I checked the ones I was interested in were not free. Thanks for the extra info!

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