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Poll: Have you ever thought of changing careers?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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No Jan 20, 2014

I'm more concerned about being able to keep going and maintain my status quo.

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Teresa Borges
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No Jan 20, 2014

As I have said in a similar poll (7 Apr 2012): I had a career before moving to translation and paraphrasing Sinéad O'Connor: "nothing compares 2U"!

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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No Jan 20, 2014

Teresa Borges wrote:

As I have said in a similar poll (7 Apr 2012): I had a career before moving to translation and paraphrasing Sinéad O'Connor: "nothing compares 2U"!


Teresa, you took the words right from my fingers.


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Nope Jan 20, 2014

but, if I win the lotto with enough reserves then I could contemplate in "retiring"

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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I said "No," but . . . Jan 20, 2014

I'm passionate about landscape design, and I have earned a certificate as a landscape designer. But I know I could never pursue the profession for several reasons. For one, it pays poorly. Second, at my age, the work is too physical. Third, people don't take care of their gardens, so the effect is either transitory, or else it never happens because by the time the plants mature the garden is a mess.

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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
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Yes, I already have. Jan 20, 2014

And that's why I'm a translator now, not a pharmacist.

Unless.. the asker didn't mean it that way


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Why not? Jan 20, 2014

Actually, being a translator is my fourth career so far in life, so who's to say there won't be a fifth?

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Varsha Pendse-Joshi  Identity Verified
India
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Yes, but not seriously Jan 20, 2014

Nice question! I pretty often think of becoming an artist (colored pencil artist) and sell my artwork but I am not sure about economic gain I could get through it so never thought about it seriously. So as of now it still remains my hobby!

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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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I suspect many of us already have Jan 20, 2014

Translation can make a good second career, especially if you can bring specialist subject-matter expertise (and contacts) with you from your first one.

Although I am not contemplating a career change, I am gradually diversifying into related activities beyond translating.


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Gallagy
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other Jan 20, 2014

as answered before,
this is (probably) the last in a long line of different careers. I have done bits and pieces of translating and interpreting for many years but only full-time at it since 2009.

I enjoyed most of my previous careers too, bartender/waiter/cook/artist/ teacher etc... and of course I still enjoy painting and cooking and do a bit of teaching still

Still want to write a novel that gets critically acclaimed!


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Samantha Payn  Identity Verified
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... er ... Jan 20, 2014

Noura Tawil wrote:

And that's why I'm a translator now, not a pharmacist.

Unless.. the asker didn't mean it that way


This.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Yes, right now Jan 20, 2014

I'm thinking of embarking on a career in translation after several soul-destroying weeks of editing and proofreading...

The Danes have decided to let companies publish their annual reports in English only from this year, so my previous translation jobs have suddenly turned into editing of dodgy English followed by endless fighting over basic grammar and style issues. Can't wait to get stuck into a decent translation again.


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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
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No, not really, alhtough Jan 20, 2014

I do not associate myself with my career, and I may do different things one day, and have done a few things in my life--mostly language related. I thought about getting a law degree some years ago, not to change my career--just more out of pure interest.

[Edited at 2014-01-20 10:53 GMT]


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Can't remember how I answered Jan 20, 2014

in previous polls.

But I do have a few pipe dreams, one of which is becoming a ski insructor. Still possible in my late 50's.


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