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!


The ATA辅导计划 and ATA策划计划 require two years of experience for participation. If you’re not there yet, we recommend following 精明的新人 for everything you need to know—from getting started to finding clients and more. There’s something here for everyone!


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


Having difficulty running your businss alone? Working together in small peer groups, you will benefit from a combination of brainstorming, 教育, 和支持.

What our members say about ATA mentoring

The biggest impact on my professional development was the sense of empowerment, 建立信任, 取得了进展.

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.

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.


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. 很难把它全部总结出来!

——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.


指导: Get As Much As You Give

By ATA编年史 | 2023年2月12日

The following was originally published on Next Level: The ATA Business Practices Blog. This initiative by ATA’s Business Practices Education Committee provides information for both freelancers and company owners to…

Becoming a Mentor: Giving Back and Leveling Up

By ATA编年史 | 2022年3月22日

指导 someone isn’t just about sharing wisdom, 传授专业知识, or supporting the development of (future) colleagues. 指导 is also expected to benefit the mentor. Whether you’re working with a student, 新专业人士, 或者同事, the interactions you have as a mentor will lead you to reflect more critically and deeply on your professional practice.

从翻译开始? 找一位导师!

By 精明的新人 | 2020年10月13日

This post originally appeared on sciword and it is republished with permission. I was reading one of Kevin Lossner’s blog posts from 2010, titled “No Monkeys!”. 他给了12块……

指导 and Beyond: Business support by and for peers within ATA

By 精明的新人 | 2020年2月25日

The American Translators Association (ATA) set up its current mentoring program in 2011, and since then an estimated 240 mentor/mentee pairs have worked together to jointly explore the business side…


By 精明的新人 | 2019年8月6日

Photo Credit: Pexels This post was originally published on the Ben Translates blog. It is reposted with permission from the author. This week, I was informed that I have been…

Tapping into the Expertise I Needed: My Experience as an ATA Mentee

By 精明的新人 | 2019年2月12日

Have you ever wondered what the ATA辅导计划 entails, 他加入, and what they get out of the experience? With the application deadline for this year’s program approaching, I’d…