There’s a strong trend towards validated continuing professional development (CPD) in the translation profession. While I think this is generally a good thing – who would argue against keeping your skills and knowledge up to date? – I sometimes wonder whether the emphasis on official courses, certified seminars and the rest is altogether healthy. If I’m honest, this kind of thing makes up a tiny proportion of the skills development required to keep translators up to speed (and improving) in the modern world.
So here is a little list of my “under the radar” financial training for this year (no certificates or courses, just a list of bloody good finance books and blogs that I’ve read during 2015):
- Monevator – probably the UK’s best investment blog: an informal, one-stop investment studies university
- The Incredible Shrinking Alpha, Swedroe, L.
- Irrational Exuberance, Shiller, R.
- Stocks for the Long Run, Siegel, J.
- Sterling Bonds and Fixed Income for the Private Investor, Glowrey, M.
- All About Asset Allocation, Ferri, R.
- Rational Expectations: Asset Allocation for Adults, Bernstein, W.
- Smarter Investing, Hale, T.
- The FT Guide to Exchange Traded Funds, Stevenson, D.
- D-I-Y Pensions, Hulton, J.
- Investing Demystified, Kroijer, L.
There’s two ways to think about my slightly chaotic financial self-education. If you’re into things being validated and rubber-stamped, you might worry that my curriculum has some missing elements. But if you care about motivation and passion – and these, surely, are the key ingredients to any effective education – then my list has one really big plus: these are all books that I have read because I wanted to.