UTIC-2016. Going the Distance: Six Steps and One Leap to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone. Halyna Vasyltsiv, Iryna Drobit, Tetyana Struk
It is too easy to get stuck in a routine. After all, we are creatures of habit. But in the language industry, with its quickly changing landscape, new services and new professions emerging almost every day, sticking to your routine can be a disaster for all stakeholders. The industry suffers from a lack of well-trained talents; the academia feel frustrated as they feel more and more acutely that they are failing to catch up with the new developments; students and young professionals feel abandoned and helpless; and seasoned pros feel they are losing ground. A practitioner, a university lecturer, and a student of a translation department share their perspectives on the experience gained and lessons learned when stepping out of comfort zone and taking new challenges on a regular basis.