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Advice on translation job
Thread poster: Keir
German to English
Mar 7, 2005


I am looking for some advice from seasoned translators, as to whether I should take a job:

You can see my background is very limited if you look at my profile, but I do have good language skills (technical / scientific German).

I've been offered a fairly low-paid job doing German -> English for an IT services company in DE.

I did a "test translation" for them, and it was fun, and they want me to come for interview.

I'm thinking I can do their job for 6 months (the contract time), get some experience that way, maybe study part-time for an MA Trans... then try to move on...

Does it sound like a good idea to start my (hypothetical) translation career this way?

Yours sincerely,

K. Hopwood MSci YiE

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Local time: 11:02
French to English
It's up to you... Mar 7, 2005

I think it sounds good, provided that even though it is low, you can still live on what the pay will be, plus it is something that you consider to be worth your while. I would say it sounds like a good opportunity, though, to expand your expertise and gain some valuable experience.

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Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:02
Go for it! Mar 7, 2005

in-house jobs generally tend to offer low (-ish) pay, that is why most translators go freelance and make more money that way. Also, you cannot expect a high salary if you don't have much experience.

However, given your limited translation experience up til now, this is a good opportunity to get the experience and guidance you need.

Viel Glueck!

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