PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION WORTH THE INVESTMENT

1 Mar

MONEY WELL SPENT

Years ago professors and my first husband encouraged me to join professional groups. Little did I realize this proved sound business advice. At first blush the fees seemed high, yet that money brought friends, business acquaintances and a greater respect for the self-employed businessman and businesswoman.

Here are few benefits that I reaped from joining groups.

-Discovered the ability to write articles and gave back to the profession

-Developed an online presence through service directories that easily covered the cost of membership

-Networked with like-minded career people throughout the world

-Attended workshops to keep current with evolving technologies and trends

-Became a public speaker to educate the public about interpreters and translators

Years ago a colleague at Kent http://www.appling.kent.edu claimed that ours is a career of isolation. In Spanish they say “Vida sin amigos, muerte sin testigos/Friendless in life, friendless in death.” Since I joined professional groups, I venture far beyond the pixels of Miss MacBook Pro, both virtual and in person. Why not pull out the checkbook and join? Sorry … I meant to say, pull out the credit card and complete that PayPal transaction. Here’s a shout out to a few professional groups.

American Translators Association http://www.atanet.org

CCIO Community and Court Interpreters of the Ohio Valley http://www.ccio.org

Northeast Ohio Translators Association http://www.notatranslators.org

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators http://www.najit.org

National Council on Interpreters in Health Care http://www.ncihc.org

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