I finally got the courage and, between a project and another, decided to start writing my blog. Yay!
Besides being a translator, I am also a social media lover, and the blog was the last thing I needed to establish my web presence. I am also on Facebook (like my fan page), Twitter (follow me), LinkedIn (add me) and Google+ (add me to your circle).
In this first post, I would like to introduce myself, tell a bit about my educational and professional background, and explain the reason why I am a translator.
I started studying English when I was 12 (I am Brazilian, therefore, Portuguese speaker). When I had to decide what I would major in at university, the only thing I knew for sure was that I loved languages, so I took a career guide and looked for something that would match this only criterion. Then I discovered there was a course very much related to languages: translation! Perfect!
After studying a lot and living in England for seven months, I started my BA in Translation at UNESP (Brazil). During the course, I had plans to take an MA course in interpreting in England. I actually applied for one at the University of Surrey, but one week before boarding, I was informed there would not be a Brazilian Portuguese class for interpreting, and I needed to choose another course. I ended up majoring in Translation Studies with Intercultural Communication and could not be happier about it. I guess I did not get to choose what I would be; it has chosen me!
I was very happy with the idea of being a translator – instead of an interpreter – and had plans of being a freelancer when I graduated and came back home. After two months looking for a job, I got an opportunity at a translation agency. I have been a freelance translator for almost three years now, working with several other translation agencies and direct clients. I am an extremely happy and fulfilled translator, and would not change any decisions I have made.
I take some interpreting jobs now and then, as a challenge, a way of diversifying and learning more, but what I really enjoy doing is translating, especially IT (which has also chosen me).
In a nutshell, this is me.
I will be soon posting some more interesting stuff (besides my boring life) and hope you enjoy my blog as much as I like writing it.