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Poll: Have you ever considered a career change after working as a freelancer for some time?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Nope Aug 12, 2013

although, I have considered being a lotto millionaire;-)

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Aug 12, 2013

Quite the contrary.

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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
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German to English
Yes Aug 12, 2013

"I'd rather hang around
Piccadilly Underground.."

I'm sure most of you are too young to remember the words!

Steve K.


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Chun Un  Identity Verified
Macau
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No, Aug 12, 2013

and I don't think there are many options left anyway.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No! Aug 12, 2013

To become a freelance translator was my big career change some 30 years ago. Would I change again? No, thank you! More to the point, never considered changing, though the road to get here had a few ups and downs...

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Arjan van den Berg  Identity Verified
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No Aug 12, 2013

Moving to another country forced me to do what I always wanted to do but never dared - giving up a well-paid job and start working as a freelance translator. The first year was not easy, but I never regretted my career change.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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It's not really an option Aug 12, 2013

I was already in danger dropping out of the employment market when I started translating - too old to start on most forms of training, too inexperienced for a lot of jobs, too highly educated for unskilled work, and too fumble-fingered for a lot of it anyway. It was an incredible stroke of luck when I was offered an in-house job. (And I needed it!!)

Fifteen years later, I haven't a hope of earning a living in a different career. But I can keep up with translation, and luckily I am quite content with that.


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
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No Aug 12, 2013

I had another career (administrative), which ran concurrently with my part-time freelance translation activities for many years.
I do not miss it at all!
As a freelancer, I get on with the boss, the employee, and the coffeemaker/office cleaner very well (all me, actually). Why change anything?


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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Considered, yes Aug 12, 2013

As long as the core of my job is translating I'll consider anything.

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Edward Potter  Identity Verified
Spain
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Yes Aug 12, 2013

Always looking for a bigger and better opportunity.

I do love translating though.


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tilak raj  Identity Verified
India
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No Aug 12, 2013

I have been enjoying as a freelancer full time translator. Still no need to change the career. I have never thought to change the career after starting translation work. Although I had to see lot of ups and downs but in every career this time occurs. Now I am going ok.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2008)
English to Italian
yes Aug 12, 2013

I have thought about it but not for reasons concerning the job itself, but due to the tax system applied to freelancers in Italy. At the end of my "thinking and thinking and thinking" the result is: I love this job too much to change career.

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Vibeke Degn-P  Identity Verified
Norway
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Other Aug 12, 2013

The translation part of it could change, but I'll be a freelancer/independent worker for ever.
Vibeke


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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@ Steve Kerry Aug 12, 2013

I am not too young to remember the rest of the words. It's just as well you didn't quote them here!

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