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Poll: Do you work full-time or part-time as a translator?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you work full-time or part-time as a translator?".

This poll was originally submitted by Percy Balemans. View the poll results »



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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Yet again, other Jan 25, 2013

Part time, wouldn't mind working full time!

I work school hours, so basically 9-3 every day. It feels like full-time but I guess technically it works out at about 80 %. I'd be happy to work longer hours but it's not practical to organise extra childcare.

Why can't these polls have simple yes/no answers without value judgements? And why are those who work full time not given the option of saying whether they'd like to work part-time or not?


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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Full-time freelance translator Jan 25, 2013

And then there are the two part-time gardening jobs, and one part-time chapel-sweeping job, and part-time individual English tuition job. All these activities are hangovers from when I had recently emigrated to Portugal, was working in a laundry, and needed the extra income.

Then there are those unpaid activities in front of the kitchen sink, and similar...

The number of hours spent on translation would qualify it for the "full-time" label, though.


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Alexandranow  Identity Verified
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full-time? Jan 25, 2013

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you work full-time or part-time as a translator?".

This poll was originally submitted by Percy Balemans. View the poll results »


I work only when I have work...so...but maybe full-time is the right answer, for I do not have other job


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Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
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3/4 time! Jan 25, 2013

Mary Worby wrote:

Part time, wouldn't mind working full time!

I work school hours, so basically 9-3 every day. It feels like full-time but I guess technically it works out at about 80 %. I'd be happy to work longer hours but it's not practical to organise extra childcare.



This is my situation exactly!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Full time Jan 25, 2013

The fuller the better!

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Angela Parker
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Me too! Jan 25, 2013

Filipa Plant dos Santos wrote:

Mary Worby wrote:

Part time, wouldn't mind working full time!

I work school hours, so basically 9-3 every day. It feels like full-time but I guess technically it works out at about 80 %. I'd be happy to work longer hours but it's not practical to organise extra childcare.



This is my situation exactly!


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Full-time Jan 25, 2013

As I have done for the past 30 years since day 1.

Quite frankly, I wouldn't know what else to do if I decided to call it quits.


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Kristian Andersson  Identity Verified
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Full-time Jan 25, 2013

Workin 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin
Barely gettin by
Its all takin
And no givin
They just use you mind
And they never give you credit
Its enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it


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Ikram Mahyuddin  Identity Verified
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Full-time Jan 25, 2013

Yes, I am another full-time translator in this world. Like many (?) other translators, I don't have other occupation.

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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Full-time Jan 25, 2013

And more than full-time if necessary. I wouldn't mind working part-time if I could afford it but I can't.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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I work full-time but not a full working week Jan 25, 2013

One of the joys of being your own boss is managing your own working hours, which allows me to take time off to do other things. I generally get as much done in 30 hours a week as I do in 40 anyway.

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Teresa Borges
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Ditto! Jan 25, 2013

neilmac wrote:

The fuller the better!


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Sonia Hill
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Full-time Jan 25, 2013

I also work 9-3 on week days, but often do a little extra in the evenings, so on average I think I do about 35 hours a week. I class this as full-time. It's my only job and I'm the sole earner in our house at present.

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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Slightly off-topic, Jan 25, 2013

but thought I would share this example sentence from the definition of "leverage" from dictionary.com, which I looked up because the spell-check objected to my "leveraging":

verb (used with object)
6. to use (a quality or advantage) to obtain a desired effect or result: She was able to leverage her travel experience and her gift for languages to get a job as a translator. [Smiley optional]

I guess the more you leverage, the fuller your job will be.


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