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Poll: Would you want your kids to become freelance translators?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Would you want your kids to become freelance translators?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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I voted other ... Mar 31, 2012

.. because there was no option that said 'if they want to'!

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Milena Nikolić  Identity Verified
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it is not my choice Mar 31, 2012

I have a baby boy and that will be his decision when he grows up.

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Can translators afford kids? Mar 31, 2012



...they are expensive nowadays...nappies, toys, milk, prams, cots, schooling, university...difficult to budget that on a translator's salary...given that 36% of responders so far don't have kids, there might be something in it. (In addition, on two of the three occasions this poll has been asked before 50% didn't have children in 2005, 40% in 2009).

On a serious note, there's nothing worse than a pushy 'stage' parent, is there?

[Edited at 2012-03-31 08:40 GMT]


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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same here Mar 31, 2012

Mary Worby wrote:

.. because there was no option that said 'if they want to'!


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Other Mar 31, 2012

Like Mary and Gianluca .... I want my children to have to opportunity to pursue the careers that they choose for themselves. My children are biligual so I think that would be an advantage if they want to be translators and/or interpreters but would be an advantage in many other careers too.

The future is looking pretty bleek for young people right now here in Greece, my children are young (5 and 8) so I hope that by the time they are thinking about choosing careers things maybe a little better.


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Sara Maghini  Identity Verified
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Same, it's not really up to us, is it??! Mar 31, 2012

Gianluca Marras wrote:

Mary Worby wrote:

.. because there was no option that said 'if they want to'!


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Irene Acler  Identity Verified
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Me too Mar 31, 2012

I also would like my daugther to choose what she wants to do in her future (well, she's still one, so we have lot of time to think about that !).

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Teresa Borges
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Here we go again! Mar 31, 2012

http://por.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/152525-poll:_would_you_like_your_children_to_become_translators.html

I will give the same answer as on the 4th December 2009:

I have three children: a lawyer, an interior architect and... a translator, but I did encourage them to become whatever they wanted. Cheers!

Teresa


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes Mar 31, 2012

If that's what they want to be/do.

(Am surprised at the number of negative responses, which would seem that many freelancers are unhappy with their lot).

In an interview with Danny Kaye I heard the other day, he spoke about how sometimes people often up doing what they are meant or "destined" (if you like) to do rather than what they want to do, or what their parents would wish for them. He wanted to be a doctor, but ended up through circumstance as a great entertainer.

To paraphrase P. Floyd, "Hey, parents, leave your kids alone!"



[Edited at 2012-03-31 10:34 GMT]


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Natalia Pedrosa  Identity Verified
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Guitar player Mar 31, 2012

I try to teach my son English, but he often mocks me rathen than take me seriously.

I would like him to be a musician, don't ask my why, and so I bought him a guitar, but he's still too little to play it, so it's a real nuisance when he does, but there we go, they are kids.

He says he would like to be a vet, and I love animals, so maybe he got it from me.

Anyway, who knows...

Happy last day of March!


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Mónica Algazi  Identity Verified
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Translators, Mar 31, 2012

mechanics, tourist guides, teachers, businessmen, actors or whatever makes them happy. It's their choice, not ours.

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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keeping it in the family Mar 31, 2012

My son is already a freelance translator so we keep things in the family as far as possible, helping each other out when there's a big load.

My daughter wants nothing to do with translating and has opted to study medicine instead.. but she says she's going to write her thesis directly in English, not in Italian.


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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No Mar 31, 2012

Taken literally, I said "no", since I don't actively want him to be one. When the time comes, I won't actively encourage him to follow in my footsteps, but I won't put him off either, so by the same token, I don't actually actively not want him to become one. Whatever makes him happy in life, and all that drippy hippy crap, y'know

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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My "kid" Mar 31, 2012

My "kid" (now a grown man) is a freelance translator (Dutch and Spanish to English), of his own free choice, not because I was a pushy "stage" parent, and my parents were both freelance translators, among other things, before me. It seems to run in the family.
Jenny


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