GLENVIEW, IL—Peter Argondizzo, founder of Argo Translation, an innovative, full-service translation firm based in suburban Chicago, spoke to two university audiences recently about his firm’s mission and offered advice to students seeking employment in the industry.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Argondizzo spoke in November 2015 to students and faculty about his 23-year journey from UWM’s Curtin Hall to Argo’s formation. He stressed that there is a viable path to multiple careers in the translation industry.
Lorena Terando, director of UWM’s Translation & Interpretation Studies Graduate Program in the College of Letters & Sciences, said presentations such as Argondizzo’s demonstrates to students that “there is a clear path to employment after graduation, and it gives them tips from the ‘other side.’ It helps confirm that what we do matters (and) demonstrates to our administration that our program has a lasting impact, that alumni continue to feel connected to UWM even after graduation.”
“We are always deeply grateful for Peter’s dedication and his continued support for our program and our students,” Terando added. “He has had a positive impact at every level.”
In March 2016, Argondizzo shared his view of the current state of the language industry and upcoming career trends with students and faculty in the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He also offered tips on how students can market themselves to agencies in the job search process.
Wail Hassan, professor of Comparative Literature and English and director of the center, said, “Visits from practicing professionals and industry leaders like Peter Argondizzo are inspirational for our students, offering them rich opportunities to interact directly with, and to learn from, people who have succeeded in the profession. Those visits also allow our faculty to keep abreast of the latest trends in the T&I market. This type of partnership strengthens the training we give to our students and offers them the opportunity to develop their professional networks.”
Argondizzo’s commitment to supporting university programs and their students has been noticed and applauded by Argo clients. He said he takes the education of up-and-coming professionals as a personal responsibility.
“We need to provide guidance and advice on how best to pursue a career in our industry,” Argondizzo said. “All indications point to shortages in qualified linguists, project managers and desktop publishers going forward. We must do everything we can to encourage students to pursue Language Services and Translation as a career path.”
Having successfully executed projects requiring simultaneous translations in 46 different languages, Argo Translation provides specialized and professional translation services for a multitude of domains ranging from legal and technical to marketing and financial, and everything in between. Argo provides efficient, accurate translation and localization services focused on quality and clarity for a wide range of companies across North America. More information is available at www.argotrans.com.
Peter founded Argo Translation, originally based in Milwaukee, WI, in 1995. Prior to transferring his love of all things international and his savvy business expertise into Chicago’s premier translation agency, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he graduated with a major in finance and human resource management. After graduation he went on to become an Italian translator and project manager for an international medical equipment manufacturer and major airline.