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Poll: Is most of your work specialized in one topic/field?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Is most of your work specialized in one topic/field?".

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xxxmediamatrix
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The poll asks (my bold): "Is most of your work specialized in one topic/field?"

My answer was 'Other', because most of my work is in four or five specialist fields, none of which can be regarded as 'general'.

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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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More thsasn 3 fields Sep 1, 2008

Mechanics, Electronics, Electricity and some others.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Some of us have more than one specialized field. There is one in which I do the largest volume of work, but I am specialized in quite a few others and work comes in for those as well.

This poll could have been designed better.

[Editado a las 2008-09-01 16:35]


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Several specialized fields AND general texts Sep 1, 2008

I voted "other."

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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we have to be versatile Sep 1, 2008

If we are to make a living at this job we have to cover a wide variety of subjects.
However there are certain topics that I avoid like the plague: fashion, beauty treatments, specialised accounting to mention just a few.


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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I had to vote OTHER Sep 1, 2008

I specialize in five fields and I exclusively work within those. I do not take on more general work once in a while. So, I am perfectly specialized - just not in a single field.

There wasn't any option for those who are specialized in a number of fields. Too bad, because I believe that they are the majority. I think the results will be skewed...

[Edited at 2008-09-01 17:29]


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Alexandra Goldburt
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two or more Sep 1, 2008

I think the option(s) of specializing in two, three or more fields should have been included in the poll.

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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Like almost everyone else who's commented, I have more than one specialist field, and I work in them exclusively.

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Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
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Just and strictly one Sep 1, 2008

Music. 'nuff said

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avantix  Identity Verified
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Like Steven .. Sep 1, 2008

.. so I had to vote "other" as well.

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xxxsavaria
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I am extremely surprised. Sep 1, 2008

I am extremely surprised to see that 12% of those who answered this poll had no specialisation at all.

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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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I almost chose that option Sep 2, 2008

savaria wrote:

I am extremely surprised to see that 12% of those who answered this poll had no specialisation at all.


It may be that they're generalists, or it could be a function of how the question was worded.

The survey defined "specialization" as only one field. I work regularly in about six specialized fields. I chose "other," but someone else in the same situation could easily have chosen "no specialization."

[Edited at 2008-09-02 06:07]


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Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
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savaria wrote:

I am extremely surprised to see that 12% of those who answered this poll had no specialisation at all.


And I'm quite surprised that there are people with 5 or more specializations. Can you still speak of specialization then? Of course, some fields are closely related, but still, five is a lot.

For outsiders, accounting and investment banking may seem closely related, but when you start translating, you realize they aren't!

I think we need to define the term "specialization" first. Does it mean you have in depth knowledge on the subject? Does it mean one regularly works in the field? Etc.


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Lise Smidth  Identity Verified
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My specialisation is my language pair Sep 2, 2008

I only work from German into Danish - my partner translates from Danish into German, so our specialisation is in fact our language pair. Of course we have fields that we prefer and other fields that we don't do very often or even try to avoid. But actually we work in a lot of fields - partly also because our clients need us to be that flexible because they can't easily find experienced translaters with the same language combination and free capacity.

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