26 Nov 2019

Eight in a row for CPD

Written by Catherine Park

Laura Bennett MITI has achieved eight ITI continuing professional development badges. Here she talks about her experiences of logging her CPD.

As part of its member benefits, ITI provides individual members with a free online continuing professional development (CPD) logging tool in the My CPD section of the ITI website, so that they can log their CPD by category and keep track of all CPD achieved during each membership year.

ITI recommends that all its individual members* undertake a minimum of 30 hours of CPD in each membership year.

Once they have recorded 30 hours on the ITI CPD log, they are awarded a certificate, which they can download and share with clients and agencies, and a ‘CPD Achieved’ badge.

Here we talk to Laura Bennett MITI about her experiences of achieving CPD badges since ITI first started up the system in 2012.

You have been logging your CPD and achieving your CPD badges since the system was started back in 2012. What is your main motivation for doing CPD?

Time flies! CPD is important to me because I’ve always felt that as a freelancer no one else is going to take an interest in my career development. It’s not as if I have a manager to track my progress! Working for myself, I feel it’s important to keep striving to improve, primarily when it comes to translation skills and subject knowledge. A lot of CPD also involves getting out and about, which helps combat the feeling of isolation we can sometimes be prey to.

Why do you log your CPD every year?

Primarily because it’s a useful way to help me keep track of what I’ve done that year.

What kinds of CPD do you do and why?

As I said, most of my CPD tends to be focused on translation skills and subject knowledge. While improving my translation skills is definitely enjoyable, it’s the subject knowledge CPD that tends to be the fun part. I’m lucky that my areas of specialisation (art history and sport) coincide neatly with my personal interests so going to an exhibition or even watching a football match all count as informal CPD and are relatively low-cost.

I have also tried recently to address the professional contribution element of CPD, primarily by registering with the Inspiring The Future network that connects volunteers from different professions with local schools. I try to attend one professional conference or workshop every year to keep up with the industry, as well as the occasional subject or language network event to catch up with colleagues in person. Webinars (particularly those offered by ITI!) are also a good low-stress CPD option when attending events in person is impractical or expensive.

How have you benefited from your CPD and from having your badges displayed on your profile?

I feel that CPD not only helps me improve as a translator, but also makes the job more enjoyable. In terms of whether potential clients have seen the badges, I don’t know, but I do know it’s helped me offer a better service.

Are you on track to achieve your next badge?

Yes, as I write this, I’m getting ready to attend the METM19 conference in Split in a couple of weeks, so that will count as a large chunk towards it.

Any advice for people unsure whether to log theirs?

Really, my advice would be why not? It all helps us to appear more professional to the outside world, which can only be a good thing.

More information about logging your CPD is available here.

*Except Academic and Supporter membership categories.