Launch your freelance career and unlock your potential!

There is more to being a successful freelance translator than just being an excellent linguist.

Our online SUFT course will provide you with the additional skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in the competitive world of freelance translation.
 

Feedback and mentoring

Central to the success of the course is the personalised feedback and mentoring that you receive from the tutors and the peer-to-peer learning you gain from the other students.

 

Learn from leading practitioners

You will have direct access to ten successful practising translators. Each tutor will cover a different topic in two separate sessions. They will:

  • Introduce and explain the topic and answer any questions
  • Set an assignment which they will review individually
  • Provide one-to-one feedback on your assignment during the discussion session
  • Offer advice and mentoring in the online forum

Meet the tutors 

Webinars and live discussions

Pre-recorded webinars are followed by live online Q&A discussions and practical activities. With over 25 hours of tutor time and one hour of individual feedback on your CV and business plan, plus additional reading time, you will be able to record over 30 hours of formal and self-directed CPD.

All live online discussion sessions are recorded, so if you can’t make one you will be emailed a link to the recording after each session, which you can listen to at your convenience.

The course comprises ten individual units, each covering a topic that is central to success as a freelance translator.

Course units Course units

Unit

Tutor

Time and Date

Getting started is easier than you think

Heidi Kerschl

10am-11:30am
Thursday, 16 September 2021

Working from home  

Jayne Fox 

8am-9:30am
Thursday, 23 September 2021

Marketing 

Fiona Gray

10am-11:30am
Thursday, 30 September 2021

Building your social media presence: engaging and marketing

Lloyd Bingham

10am-11:30am
Thursday, 7 October 2021

How do you get over the no-experience barrier?

Joanna Waller

10am-11:30am
Thursday, 14 October 2021

How to create an effective CV

Kari Koonin

10am-11:30am
Thursday, 21 October 2021

Specialising and networking

Karen Tkaczyk

3pm-4:30pm
Thursday, 4 November 2021

How to value yourself

Jakub Sacharczuk

10am-11:30am
Thursday, 11 November 2021

Getting paid on time

Sarah Bowyer

10am-11:30am
Thursday, 18 November 2021

Working with LSPs

Anja Jones

10am-11:30am
Thursday, 25 November 2021

Best in class

SDL Trados Studio 2019 Freelance and memoQ are the leading software used by translation professionals. Designed to accelerate translation while maintaining high levels of quality, one licence will be awarded to the two students that the SUFT course tutors agree have been the ‘best in class’.

Recent winners on the last SUFT course were Clive Rodgers and Victoria Fletcher. Read about their careers, thoughts on the course and being crowned ‘best in class’ in their profiles below.

How do I apply?

The next SUFT course starts in September 2021.

The cost of the course is £399 for ITI members and £499 for non-members.