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Poll: What is your family's opinion about your job?
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Jun 4, 2009

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Alessandra Martelli  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:17
Member (2009)
English to Italian
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"Is that a real job?" Jun 4, 2009

That's what my mother thinks about iticon_smile.gif

I actually have more luck with my common-law husband's opinion:
"It makes you happy and you love it, so I'm happy"


Ellis Jongsma  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:17
Member (2006)
English to Dutch
always the same questions... Jun 4, 2009

"Is that a real job?" indeed... Wherever you go, you always have to explain what a translator does and how on earth do you get assignments? Via het internet? No, really? You're not joking? And you can make a living out of that? But how...? And what about...?

So what do you do? You sit at the computer at home all day, waiting for assignments to come in? All alone? Okay, yeah, with music on, but still, without colleagues? It must be sooooo lonely...


Interlangue (X)
Local time: 15:17
English to French
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Other Jun 4, 2009

All of the above, actually, according to the time of life, age and intensity of interaction!


Miroslav Jeftic  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:17
English to Serbian
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Need multiple choice here. Jun 4, 2009

Too absorbing.
Insufficiently paid.
Too stressful.

Something like that.icon_biggrin.gif


Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:17
Spanish to English
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Ideal... Jun 4, 2009

... because it pays the rent and bills, as far as my husband's concerned!icon_wink.gif

(It might be me who thinks it's too absorbing sometimes, not my family!icon_smile.gif )


Niraja Nanjundan (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:47
German to English
They're very happy about it Jun 4, 2009

My parents and siblings are very happy that I work in a profession I like, and am self-employed and independent. In fact, sometimes I get the feeling my family knows more about working as a translator than I doicon_wink.gif


Barbara Turchetto  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:17
Member (2008)
German to Italian
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I like it, so... Jun 4, 2009

I love my job and my husband and son live better if I am satisfied with what I do!
I like working at home, even though I sometimes also work in companies around. Some people may think that it's not a real job because I don't go to office / factory / shop / etc. every morning as they do, but they don't know much about translations!!!
My mother thinks that, since I don't translate novels, I am not a translator!!!
And, as Catherine said, it pays the rent and (some) bills!!!


John Cutler  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:17
Spanish to English
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Ideal from a kid's point of view. Jun 4, 2009

I'm sure my kids think it's ideal. They know they're going to have a nice homemade meal waiting for them everday when they come home for lunch, and in the late afternoons I'm around to help them with their homework. My wife and I are happy with this situation too, so it's ideal for everyone.


Tanja Oresnik  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:17
French to Slovenian
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Unsecure, they say Jun 4, 2009

I have no family of my own yet, so I can only speak of my parents. They think my job is a stressful one, mostly because it is "unsecure". Which is true, in a way, as I depend of my clients and if momentarily there's not enough work, there's not enough money either, not to mention that, if I fall ill and am unable to work, there's no paid sick leave for me.

Personally, I find this job quite lonely, but for the moment, I like it anyway, as my time schedule is more flexible than it would be in a "regular job", and I make good use of that to travelicon_smile.gif


Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:17
Member (2009)
French to English
Oh don't worry so much Jun 4, 2009

My husband will see me obsessing about a term and insist that I should not "worry so much" about one word. What kind of translator would I be if I didn't obsess about terms? He likes the flexibility when I can pick up our daughter from school - but not when I decide to take a big project over the weekend. I am perfectly willing to trade an hour here for an hour there.

However, I must admit that he has had amazing confidence in me and a strong belief that it takes time to grow a business.


Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:17
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Not financially secure Jun 4, 2009

I think the key concern amongst my family (my parents, really, I have no children or partner yet) is that I am not going to be able to support myself through freelancing alone, despite the fact I've been doing it for several years! They think that a quiet day or so equals financial strife, whereas I simply think it's a great opportunity to catch up on sleep and other fun things!

And I think there is a general belief amongst most non-freelancers that freelancing means long lies, long lunches, lazy days and pyjamas. If only they knew!


David Brown  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:17
Spanish to English
Almost Ideal Jun 4, 2009

[quote] Staff wrote: "What is your family's opinion about your job?"

Although it can be a desk tying job sometimes, it is, in a sense, ideal for me. I can enjoy life around my working day, which can be as long as a piece of string, when I can decide to go to the beach instead of work. And as John Cutler says, my family just love the idea (so much so that my younger daughter is now studying Translation and Interpreting at University) of me working at home. When my wife is too busy I can pop out to the local shops or supermarket, etc.


Christina Bergmann
Local time: 15:17
English to German
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Other Jun 4, 2009

It's funny that so many colleagues have the same problemsicon_wink.gif

My family (parents, grandparents) regard freelance work as being too insecure in comparison to a real job with *real* payment.
They also think that it is an anti-social job - no human contact and all this.
Yet, I like working like this, as I still can meet my friends and help my sister with her English homework whenever they need me. And I can come visit my grandparents whenever they need me. Then it's sooo convenient for them - and me anyway.

My neighbours keep asking me when they can buy a novel I translated, although I keep telling them that the only piece of literature they get from me is a car manual or the manual for their new DVD Player.

Oh, and of course the question is: Why on earth do you need translators and in my language pair anyway? There are so many programs out there doing this work even for free.
Now, WE know why human translators are still needed, don't we?


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:17
Spanish to English
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They love it Jun 4, 2009

My family consists of my mother, now retired but still very active, my ex-wife and daughter, who are both working and all of them living in Scotland.
I live in Spain and work from home, so my day can indeed consist of long lies, long lunches and pyjamas or waiting for a job to come in. Not having to travel, commute or be indoors all day is a boon, and as long as I can afford to pay the rent etc and send the family a bung now and again, they are happy that I work in a profession I like, and am self-employed and independent with enough flexibility to be able to see them a couple of times a year.
Most of my non-translator friends are permanently stressed out or complaining about their jobs, so I'm just thankful I ended up doing something I like and, unlike several friends, using the language skills I studied towards for so many years...

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