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The Linguist 59,4 - Aug/Sept 2020

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@Linguist_CIOL AUGUST/SEPTEMBER The Linguist 17 PANDEMIC INSIGHTS in the membership fee, free webinars, and events and conferences organised by CIOL, are a great way of contributing to my CPD. I have read so many interesting and informative articles in The Linguist that have inspired me to learn more about certain subjects. I personally think that the best added value of membership is the opportunities for CPD by way of a free library of webinars and for networking, which is crucial for a professional freelancer. I try to utilise the webinars on a regular basis and attend events organised by CIOL. It's very useful to network with other translators of the same language pair, and share our thoughts and opinions regarding our specific combination, as well as networking with other linguists. The first CIOL event I attended was Members' Day 2019, where I met many colleagues, listened to interesting talks, and enjoyed socialising and networking. I met some of the same colleagues at the first CIOL Conference this year, and this was an opportunity to build on our professional relationships and friendships. ALI YILDIRIM I became a member of CIOL in 2012, shortly after passing the required modules of the Diploma in Translation, and I was designated Chartered Linguist (Translator) status in 2019. As soon as I became a member, I was listed in the Find-a-Linguist directory for my qualified language pair (English-Turkish). Since then I have had numerous inquiries regarding jobs of varying sizes, most of which have materialised into work. It's a great way of building relationships with prospective clients. The enhanced professional recognition that qualified membership gives me allows me to certify the translation of documents for official matters. At the same time, it reassures my clients and distinguishes me from unqualified translators. As a professional translator, I thrive on CPD. Subscription to The Linguist, included BIBIANA JORDAN-HORVATH CIOL membership gives me a real sense of professional belonging. I joined in 1999 as a student, and have been an associate and full member, and most recently gained Chartered status. This has been an incredible linguistic and personal journey, and I have seen CIOL evolve professionally, as I have. It is like one big, diverse family to me, and one of the greatest benefits I see is the one we have restrictions on at the current time: human touch and networking. As a registered public service interpreter working long and unpredictable hours in police and court environments, it can feel lonely and dark at times. So I always look forward to CIOL events, talks, seminars and meetings, taking time out without the urge to answer work calls. When I was on the Interpreting Division committee, I attended working meetings regularly, and I also go to Business, Professions and Government and Translating Division events. CIOL lifestyle benefits are also very useful. I like to switch off at the movies, so discounted cinema tickets come in handy. I CIOL website is complete and up to date in order to make best use of the Find-a- Linguist service. 2 Participate in training webinars – each piece of useful information will lead to the next. CIOL has just made its entire cache of webinars available to members for free. 3 Adapt to new work challenges by becoming better at using technology, for example using Zoom for meetings, and learning or improving your skills in relevant software. 4 Improve or learn new digital marketing skills to raise your profile and increase your digital footprint. You could update your website, write a blog or add to your LinkedIn bio. 5 Log your CPD, including mentoring, for a CIOL CPD Certificate, and add it to your email footer. 6 Connect with CIOL members working in your field, business organisations and networking groups online. Continue to share useful tips and keep up to date with current trends by reading The Linguist. have recently used the CIOL Apple discount to buy a watch strap and I am in need of a new iPad for work – the discount will really help during these difficult times. The recently launched mentoring platform is another bonus, enabling us to mentor one another virtually. I have had an inspirational mentor for nearly 20 years, and I have transferable experiences and skills that mentees find very useful, even if we don't share a language combination. I rarely manage to attend live webinars, as crime doesn't sleep and my services are often required at short notice, so I welcome a free replay of webinars. CIOL has made its back catalogue freely available to members, which counts towards the CPD we all try to develop in line with our professional status. I also offer free webinars to support fellow linguists. The most important benefit of CIOL membership is the Find-a-Linguist directory. It provides a free listing for each member with the potential to reach thousands of private and commercial clients, which is especially important during the pandemic. I have certainly been contacted by new institutions and clients via Find-a-Linguist throughout the crisis. My personalised CIOL email signature is also important, and part of the professional recognition CIOL offers. I love the fact that CIOL gives us a professional umbrella, with a chic brand design, to colour our linguistic journey. CIOL branded pens, file holders and note pads help me spread the word about CIOL anywhere I work.

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