ITD 2019: A Day in the Life of a Translator and Interpreter

Wouldn’t it be great if people could get a glimpse of what a day in the life of a translator or interpreter might look like? Let’s make this year’s International Translation Day all about reaching out and raising awareness for our professions. We can change the way the world views translators and interpreters, but we need your help to do it!

What’s the plan?

On Monday, September 30, 2019, the American Translators Association (ATA) will unveil a short video taking viewers through a day in the life of a translator or interpreter. The video will help you get the word out to both your professional and personal network—people who may not be familiar with what you do—about the importance of your profession and your role in it.

I’m in. What do I need to do?

Follow ATA on social media (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram) and share the video on your own social media accounts on September 30. We’d love to see you write a blurb about what a day in your life as a translator or interpreter looks like.

Fellow translators and interpreters may wish to find out if your Division, local ATA Chapter, or Affiliate group will be hosting a gathering to celebrate translators and interpreters; if not, consider hosting one yourself! ITD is also a great opportunity to schedule a School Outreach presentation. Now is the time to teach the next generation of translators and interpreters about our exciting and growing profession. Materials and inspiration can be found at the School Outreach webpage.

Our goal is to use the platform of ITD 2019 to raise awareness for the profession within our personal networks using this social media opportunity. So mark your calendars, follow ATA on social media, and help spread the word by sharing the video on Monday, September 30, 2019!


Jamie Hartz and Molly Yurick

Cover photo by Jeff Sanfacon 2016