I would like to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for the grant which supported the fees of my Professional Translation MA course.
Although I graduated from Swansea University with a First-Class Honours BA degree in Welsh and Spanish in 2021, it became clear that I would not be able to gain real experience in the field of translation without first following an MA course. Thanks to the financial support from the Foundation, I was fortunate to be accepted on a translation course at the only university in Wales that has been part of the European Master's Degree Network in Translation. The Simulated Translation Bureau module was a great introduction to the industry; groups of students had to create their own 'translation companies' to carry out real commissioning work sent by translation companies based in Swansea. To ensure that each 'company' would complete the translations to the standard expected within the industry, we received training in Computer Aided Translation Resources in the form of another module.
I was also able to undertake a 13-week internship as part of my 60-credit module. I had studied a number of compulsory and optional modules on advanced translation during the first two terms, translating general, administrative, legal and technical documents. But by bringing it all together and using my new skills within translation memory systems such as RWS Trados Studio and Memsource Cloud, I felt that I had received enough training to produce high quality translations for the digital company in Llanelli. They have now offered me a full-time job as a translator!
Thank you once again to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for the financial support; it was a great privilege to receive this grant. If I hadn't studied this MA course, I wouldn't be as familiar with all the computer tools and techniques required by the modern translation profession.