I'm English and I'm considering taking an MA in Chinese translation in London next year. Having spent a few years in China and Taiwan, I was hoping that I could come back to England and work.
I'm completely new to the translation industry so I'm sorry if these are obvious questions for the "proz".
1) There's certainly a lot of courses available here, but is there any work?
2) It seems to me that much of the work is freelance and many of the translators live in China. Is this also true for Chinese to English translators?
3)Is there much "in house" Chinese translation work in the UK where I could first build the skills to enter the freelancing life?
4) Is there a more common route for MA graduates to take? Can anyone recommend a good place to start looking into employment prospects in the UK?
Thankyou in advance for any help, it will be much appreciated!
I'm English and am working in the UK as a freelance Chinese>English translator.
I haven't looked into "in-house" translation work here, but I can say that, in my experience, there is a lot of freelance work available. I regularly work for agencies in both China and the UK - work I gained from sending out my CV to various agencies.
Many Chinese>English translators do live in China, but, as long as you produce good quality work, I don't believe that it makes any difference where you are located.
If you want to chat further about employment posibilities, feel free to contact me through my profile page.