As a relatively new member of YTI who has only been to one social so far, I was very keen to attend this evening. I’ve heard about the London “Meet the Client” events in the ITI Bulletin and my first AGM would give me more of an insight into how the network functions. After a hot drink to recover from the foul weather outside, we began by hearing from representatives of four language service providers – Andiamo!, Lifeline Language Services, AST and Alexika – who each had a slot of about eight minutes.
These presentations covered project management, interpreting, insights into their recruitment processes as well as thoughts on what to include in a CV (such as your rates and CAT tools) and whether they ask for references and test translations, paid or unpaid. We then had plenty of time to ask questions, which gave rise to a lively discussion on topics such as proofreading, freelancer applications and the merits of having AITI or MITI after your name. Hopefully, both the audience and the speakers came away with plenty to think about. From a personal perspective, it was heartening to know that becoming a member of ITI does carry some weight with the majority of companies.
After refuelling with a buffet (and delicious cake!), we then moved on to the AGM. We began by hearing reports from the coordinator, treasurer, membership secretary and social media secretary, with the welcome news that membership has grown significantly in recent months, particularly due to efforts to promote the network to students. We then thanked Catherine Hawkes for all her hard work over the past year and welcomed Mike Scott as the new social media secretary. A few formalities were completed with ease and we were provided with a list of forthcoming CPD events, which all sound very interesting. While most people headed straight home, a few of us decamped to the pub for a quick drink before braving the rain once more.