What's the best translation qualification for me?
Firstly thanks so much for having this website available, it's really helpful!
I would like to ask a quick question. 10 years ago I studied a BA Hons Degree in French/German and got a 2:1 in French and 2:2 in German. I am now 34 and I have been working in tourism ever since, first it was customer-focused but now I'm in the Marketing Team I am finding it more intense and long for a change from the office and as I love languages and have always had an interest in translation, I have opted for that.
I have applied for a Masters course at Queen's University in Belfast and been accepted. This starts in Sept 2015 for a year and costs £5000 but obviously I also have the expense of living on top of that.
Would you recommend me doing something else instead, how long would it take and what would it cost. Also, could I become a translator without a Masters or Translation qualification?
I was in the meantime hoping to contact translation companies to try to get work before Sept, would you recommend I send a German cover letter and CV in German? I am not sure where to start and would love some guidance.
I hope you don't mind me asking you these questions. Ps love the passsion you have!
Any advice you may have would be very much appreciated.