I am really interested in translating academic material to my mother tongue. However the other day, I was talking with a professor and he advised me cease translating and start writing research papers if I want to continue my studies and start a PhD, he pointed out translation is of no value to English academicians!
I know it is very important to show your research capabilities by actually doing so but I feel shocked and a bit disappointed if this is true about the attitude towards translating academic material.
Would you tell me what you think on this and whether you think by translating I am spending my time in a wrong area?
I need to add that I am going to start my PhD outside my home country and probably in an English-speaking country.