I got my first job as an in-house legal translator and interpreter thanks to the program's internship course. After 3 years there, I got a position with Bloomberg as an in-house Spanish localization specialist, where I have been since 2011. I have passed portions of the state and federal court interpreter certifications at different levels, but ultimately, I decided I love the field of localization and translation project management the most, so it's where I have stayed. The things I learned from the Rutgers MA in Spanish Translation program, and the connections I made with fellow students and alumni, were invaluable in launching my career in T&I.
Before entering to the Spanish translation and interpreting MA program at Rutgers university I was an amateur translator. The program not only helped me to improve my skills as a translator, giving me enough background and knowledge to become a professional translator, but also helped to discover and explore my interpreting abilities. I am currently working for the Legal Aid Society in New York where both skills are needed, thanks to the MA program I am able to fully perform my duties as a translator and interpreter. I’m very grateful with the program, with all my professors, especially Mr. Miguel Jiménez, all the staff and students for being part of my journey.
When I first matriculated into the MA program in Translation in 2008, I had the intention of honing my language skills to become a translator. Thankfully, the program also assists students in understanding the language industry holistically, through classes and internships, and I soon discovered an entirely new career path in translation project management. Through thoughtful mentoring by the Department Director, Miguel Jiménez, it was suggested I consider an internship/practicum at a Language Service Provider (LSP). Professor Jiménez facilitated an introduction for this internship, which set my career in motion to becoming the Account Manager I am today. The education, knowledge, and especially guidance, was invaluable to me. I could not be more grateful for the opportunities I was afforded through Rutgers University and the MA program.
The MA program at Rutgers provided me with a strong foundation in Translation as a discipline and, more importantly, as a profession. In our classes, we covered all the aspects involved in being a well-rounded translator, from linguistic knowledge to industry practices or technology. I've been planning on taking the ATA certification exam for a long time and I hope to finally get to it in 2021. I'll keep you posted!
Completing the M.A. in Translation and Interpreting program was the best way to build a solid career foundation. As I reflect on my career path, I am grateful for the experience and knowledge gained during my tenure at Rutgers. The courses offered by this program are designed and tailored to prepare students for real-life challenges and opportunities. Rutgers professors are experienced, passionate, accessible, and well versed in this field. All these elements combined, have given me the necessary confidence and tools to take on different career challenges in the legal and social services fields, have allowed me to contribute and thrive within a team setting, and to apply my knowledge in practical ways as a translator, mentor, project manager, and most recently, as a translation consultant. If you are looking for a reputable and well-designed program, then this is the program for you!
The MA in Translation and Interpreting is a vigorous program committed to educational goals that have provided me with the knowledge of the theory and practice of translation and interpreting, understanding the importance of cross-cultural communication, and to prepare me to specialize in roles within the language industry. This program has assisted in building a solid foundation to become a localization project manager, a freelance interpreter, and now to focus my career as Director of Lives in Translation, the Translation and Interpreting program at Rutgers-Newark. I could not be more grateful to have been part of this incredible program!
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