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Thread poster: otterstein

otterstein
Local time: 10:05
Italian to German
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Mar 26, 2002

in exchange for experience. I am a student of translation in the exam phase and trying to get a foot into the door of freelancing. I tried to bid and to get jobs but due to lack of experience nobody would give me a job (I don\'t blame them). So I thought, there might be somebody interested from this forum and have the same language pair but is not a native speaker of German. I\'d like to do some proofreading jobs. My first foreign language is English, my second Italian. At university I concentrated on technical (automotive, IT, website&software localization and user\'s manual writing). You can learn a bit more about me on my ProZ site. If there is anybody, please contact me or if anybody has good advice for me, I would be grateful for it. At the moment, I am in the USA, but I study in Heidelberg/Germany and will be back there in April. In summer, after my written exams, I will move to St. Louis/MO, if it is relevant for anybody. Does anybody know about localization agencies in that area, which accept interns (even for free)??? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Ursula Peter-Czichi  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:05
German to English
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Don't give up so fast! Mar 26, 2002

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On 2002-03-26 18:44, otterstein wrote:

in exchange for experience. I am a student of translation in the exam phase and trying to get a foot into the door of freelancing. I tried to bid and to get jobs but due to lack of experience nobody would give me a job (I don\'t blame them). So I thought, there might be somebody interested from this forum and have the same language pair but is not a native speaker of German. I\'d like to do some proofreading jobs. My first foreign language is English, my second Italian. At university I concentrated on technical (automotive, IT, website&software localization and user\'s manual writing). You can learn a bit more about me on my ProZ site. If there is anybody, please contact me or if anybody has good advice for me, I would be grateful for it. At the moment, I am in the USA, but I study in Heidelberg/Germany and will be back there in April. In summer, after my written exams, I will move to St. Louis/MO, if it is relevant for anybody. Does anybody know about localization agencies in that area, which accept interns (even for free)??? Thanks in advance for any help.





Do not work for free, ever!

Rather use your time to put up an interesting website for yourself (you are an IT specialist, aren\'t you?). There are many ways to skin that cat: Put some translations as samples on your site. Make it interesting, people will reward you for being entertaining.

Getting jobs is difficult in the beginning (for everybody). So stiffen your lip, and keep on going.

Another way to get your feet wet: Develop friendly relationships doing some proofreading and editing. People love to work with a friendly soul out there in cyberspace.

I am sure you will get more advice, just don\'t give up, and NEVER work for free!



GOOD LUCK TO YOU!

Ursula

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two2tango  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 13:05
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Gebe nicht ab Mar 27, 2002

Man sollte nicht fúr nichts arbeiten. Gebe nicht ab! Grússe aus Argentina
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Andrzej Lejman  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:05
German to Polish
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Be patient! Mar 27, 2002

Hallo!

Try to contact Berlitz (www.berlitz.com) and send them your offer. Contact Microsoft, too.

Send offers to agencies and make sample translations, but make only short samples and never make it twice!

Contact and send offers to companies like Motorola, Siemens, IMB etc. - they always need translators.

Contact PR agencies near to you.

Don\'t give up and work for free!

Good luck and best regards!

Andrzej Lejman


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otterstein
Local time: 10:05
Italian to German
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Thanks, so far! Mar 27, 2002

I actually didn\'t mean to work for free but to get into contact with the pros and get some advice from you. However, I have read in one of the forums about starting to freelance that some of the beginners seem to work for Non-profit organizations for less than usual?

No, I don\'t give up. Thanks a lot to all who replied to me.


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