Like all professionals, translators and interpreters need to keep up to date with new working methods, tools and techniques.
Following a course of CPD is also a clear demonstration to your customers and potential customers that you are serious about giving them the best possible service. When you attend a conference in your customer's field, your customer knows it is because you want to learn more about its industry and activities. Your customers will appreciate the fact that you are taking time away from your production environment in order to invest in building your knowledge in their sector.
In addition, being serious about your own professional development tells your fellow professionals that you mean business. It can contribute towards gaining Chartered status and may be useful when registering for further education courses or seeking out new avenues of work. CPD really does benefit your career.
Some translators and interpreters feel they have learned all they will ever need to know about their chosen sector. In reality, however, you only have to consider how much the translation and interpreting industry has changed in the last 10 years to see that it is never too late to keep learning.