What kind of support do you need?

No matter where you are in your career, the advice and encouragement from working professionals with on-the-job experience is priceless. ATA offers mentoring options so you can choose one-on-one support, coaching in small groups, or both!

Experience is required

The ATA Mentoring Program and ATA Mastermind Program require two years of experience for participation. If you’re not there yet, we recommend following The Savvy Newcomer for everything you need to know—from getting started to finding clients and more. There’s something here for everyone!

Mentoring Program

Offering matching services to members at different stages in their career, mentees and mentors benefit from this mutually rewarding program.

Mastermind Program

Having difficulty running your businss alone? Working together in small peer groups, you will benefit from a combination of brainstorming, education, and support.

What our members say about ATA mentoring

The biggest impact on my professional development was the sense of empowerment, confidence building, and progress achieved.
- Katherine J.

I learned to sign up for webinars of interest, negotiate with clients, and establish myself as a
businessperson—something I never saw myself doing!
- Teodosia R.

When I made the switch to working for myself, I felt a bit like a fish out of water. There was so much to learn—how to attract direct clients, get my foot in the door at agencies, juggle a large number of jobs with different expectations. I wanted advice from someone who had been in my shoes. My ATA mentor turned out to be just what I was looking for.
- Jessica H.

My mentor was very generous with his knowledge and experience. I always left our sessions with a sense of purpose and concrete strategies to reach my professional goals.

- Karla S.

My mentor encouraged me to trust my instincts when it came to marketing and networking, regardless of what the “how-to” articles say. And she reminded me to be patient with my business. There is no short-cut to getting clients. Really, she helped me in so many ways. It’s hard to sum it all up!

- Molly Y.

My mentor showed me what he did to succeed in a competitive, but high value, segment of the market. Even though I had been running my own successful translation business for nearly four years, there was a lot to learn from how someone else handled the challenge of finding new clients.

- Ben K.

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By The Savvy Newcomer | January 15, 2019

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How to Have a Super First Year in the ATA: The Mentoring Program

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 16, 2016

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Need advice or want to share your wisdom? Join the ATA Mentoring Program!

By The Savvy Newcomer | February 2, 2016

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The ATA Mentoring Program through the eyes of a mentor-mentee pair

By The Savvy Newcomer | March 3, 2015

With the deadline to apply for the ATA Mentoring Program for 2015 fast approaching this week—March 7, to be more precise—we thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase…

From ATA’s Mentoring Committee: How to Be a Happy and Prosperous Translator or Interpreter

By The Savvy Newcomer | September 23, 2014

By Eric Chiang ATA’s Mentoring Program has had two lives so far. Its first life began as the brainchild of then ATA Board member Courtney Searls-Ridge. Courtney followed her dream…