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Glendon in the news: Bilingual Opportunities Point to Glendon as a Training Ground

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The Business Section of the Oct. 19th issue of The Toronto Sun discusses the many employment opportunities open to bilingual graduates, in particular as translators and interpreters.

Sharon Aschaiek’s article, “Turn Bilingualism into a Career: Lots of Work for Translators and Interpreters”, explores the numerous opportunities offered by an officially bilingual country and province (Ontario), as well as a diverse multicultural population.

"Government statutes are produced in English and French, and when someone speaks French at Queen's Park, there is an interpreter relaying the information for everyone else. There's lots of work to be had in these fields," Aschaiek quotes Ken Larose, president of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) and the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC).

Translators work in writing, for government agencies and large companies. Often, they are also working as freelancers, completing independent assignments obtained through employment agencies or through their own networks.

“Translators may work in a diversity of sectors, such as education, health care, IT, accommodation, automotive, financing, law and marketing. Depending on their specific expertise, translators can choose to work in one or more of several dozen language combinations”, adds Aschaiek.

"Chinese, Russian, German and Spanish are prominent languages throughout Canada, so there are many opportunities beyond English-French translation and interpretation," Larose says. "Multilingual translators can get work such as translating drivers' licenses, post-secondary degrees, high school diplomas and medical degrees."

Individuals considering becoming translators have two training options at the present time: the University of Ottawa, and Glendon College, York’s bilingual liberal arts school, which offers its own French-English/English-French, and Spanish-English/English-Spanish translation degree programs. The Glendon website, www.glendon.yorku.ca provides comprehensive information on these Glendon programs.

Submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on October 19, 2005