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Poll: Have you ever been tempted to take a job as a translation project manager?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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German to English
No Jan 17, 2014

I am more than happy the way things are going now

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Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
Italy
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No Jan 17, 2014

Simply because I am a translator and PMs don't translate.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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No Jan 17, 2014

Why would I?

Like Michael I am very happy with how things have turned out - even though they could be better, as is always the case.
It would also involve a huge decrease in income. Ouch!

However, so saying, I would love to take an M.A. course and concurrently teach J>E technical translation at college level, preferably at SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies), London University if I was individually wealthy enough as a payback gesture to my old college.

This is Friday and I'm feeling nice!


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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No Jan 17, 2014

When I worked in-house I got to know what their jobs involved.
I'm simply not the type.

Some of the best project managers would not want my job either!

It takes all sorts to make a good team.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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No Jan 17, 2014

"Hell is other people".

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Elina Sellgren  Identity Verified
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I used to Jan 17, 2014

In the beginning, since in Finland it often involves actual translation work as well, but at this point it would be pointless because the salaries are really bad and I don't have an employee mindset anymore.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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More money but more stress Jan 17, 2014

We used to farm some work out to a select few talented translators in our language combinations, and even that was a complete nightmare, so no thanks

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Thank you, but no, thank you. Jan 17, 2014

The last 7 years of my employment as an in-house translator were spent being not only a translator but also a project manager. It was a good and helpful experience...then.

Knowing what such a position involves and being no longer employment-orientated, I will definately pass.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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No Jan 17, 2014

Never.

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Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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No Jan 17, 2014

I love translating: I love playing with the written word, reading words in a foreign language, magically turning them into English, and then arranging them on a page to find the best possible solution to the translation enigma.

On the other hand, as far as I am aware, project management involves organising people, constant telephone calls, an endless stream of emails and high stress levels. Definitely not my idea of fun!


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Peter Solomon
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Thanks Jan 17, 2014

Thank you for these opinions - and I daresay more will come. They echo many of my natural instincts, but are also informative, since I have not lived in the project manager's world.

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Cristina Fernández  Identity Verified
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I did Jan 17, 2014

Yes, I worked as a PM for a year, although it also involved translation. It was pretty intense and I learned so much. I am now a freelancer and that experience was really helpful because I know how PMs think and what they look for. But for now, I wouldn't take it again, as I prefer focusing on translation and proofreading exclusively.

[Edited at 2014-01-17 12:46 GMT]


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Not today ... Jan 17, 2014

Changing from translator to project manager and freelancer to salaried employee?
Never mind not in the same ball park, not even the same sport.


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Reed James
Chile
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No way José Jan 17, 2014

The thought has never even crossed my mind. In life, I seek to manage as little as possible. That is the beautiful thing about translating. I may have to manage the money aspect and coordinate project deliveries, but that is about it. I want to live life doing and not managing, and so far I have been successful at this endeavor.

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