The annual conference of the Association of Translation Companies (ATC) is taking place this Thursday in London. I attended last year’s conference and found it was a really useful way to get another view on what was happening in the industry – and from the perspective of a range of translation buyers too, which made it even more valuable.
There were some really excellent speakers and it was exciting to put faces to the names of the real movers and shakers of the translation world. As I was one of a very small number of translators there, the buyers I spoke to seemed to really appreciate the fact that I had made the effort to attend. They were also genuinely interested in hearing about the kind of work I did. All in all, I felt I learnt more from that one day than from several ITI sessions put together.
On the face of it, an ATC conference seems like a pricey option, given it’s only one day and is not even really aimed at translators. But I came away with a notebook full of ideas and a bag full of business cards, from people I had actually met and spoken to.
So give it a thought when planning your CPD sessions for next year!