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Poll: Which of these best describes your idea of career advancement?
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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
Er.... Nov 13, 2015

No "All of the above" option, excluding "Other - N/A"? icon_confused.gif

[Edited at 2015-11-14 03:16 GMT]


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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A tough one Nov 13, 2015

Julian Holmes wrote:

No "All of the above" option, excluding "Other - N/A"? icon_confused.gif

[Edited at 2015-11-13 09:00 GMT]


I kind of agree, but having to single out one option in these polls makes the whole exercise much more useful and revealing, don't you think?

I struggled with this one but settled for prestigious clients in the end, as they should provide interesting well-paid work (and feed my ego).


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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I'm with Julian! Nov 13, 2015

I'm voting for the "all of the above" option!

 

564354352  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Me too Nov 13, 2015

How can you talk about 'career advancement' when you are self-employed?
I've already achieved the highest career level, I can think of: I'm the boss of me. icon_razz.gif


But, once again, I find myself agreeing with the wisdom of Chris S:

Chris S wrote:

I struggled with this one but settled for prestigious clients in the end, as they should provide interesting well-paid work (and feed my ego).


 

Andrea Garfield-Barkworth  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2015)
German to English
An interesting one Nov 13, 2015

Have to agree with Chris and Gitte on this one.

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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An aside Nov 13, 2015

Round our way, being your own boss is actually one of the worst things you could possibly be.

Because a boss is a "bend over sheep shagger".

Don't ask. This comes from the same kids that happily use the word "jamp" in their teens.

I guess it's a Welsh thing.


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:28
Member (2006)
German to English
same here Nov 13, 2015

Julian Holmes wrote:

No "All of the above" option, excluding "Other - N/A"? icon_confused.gif

[Edited at 2015-11-13 09:03 GMT]


And @ ProZ staff, there are thousands of translators that post their questions, why are you posting so many anonymous "ones" recently?


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:28
Member (2006)
German to English
ouch! Nov 13, 2015

Chris S wrote:

Round our way, being your own boss is actually one of the worst things you could possibly be.

Because a boss is a "bend over sheep shagger".

Don't ask. This comes from the same kids that happily use the word "jamp" in their teens.

I guess it's a Welsh thing.



 

564354352  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 16:28
Danish to English
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The mind boggles... Nov 13, 2015

Chris S wrote:

I guess it's a Welsh thing.



 

Henry Schroeder  Identity Verified
United States
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I'm stunned that more people didn't choose "only work in favorite area" Nov 13, 2015

Maybe it should have been formulated "work in favorite area for the most part"

There should also be another (controversial) category - perfection - even if you can't define it universally...


 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:28
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Different strokes for different folks Nov 13, 2015

I'm a bit baffled by the expression career advancement. Having a career already signifies a chosen path, a commitment to a particular activity.

If we were to ask an sculptor, a musician or a painter the same question, he/she would be even more stumped than I.

It seems to me that career advancement might have more sense in a corporate or government environment, where speaking of promotions is commonplace or more natural.


 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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English
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Bizarre Nov 13, 2015

Gitte Hovedskov, MCIL wrote:
How can you talk about 'career advancement' when you are self-employed?
I've already achieved the highest career level, I can think of: I'm the boss of me. icon_razz.gif


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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This is obvious... for the experienced professionals Nov 13, 2015

I bet all translators with more than 10 years in the market voted for better rates and income. This is the obvious and incontestable result of your success. Having many clients, many regular clients, that pay a decent rate, and filling up as much of your time available as possible is the definite evidence of your competence. All other factors are secondary and a bit romantic, but profitless.

[Edited at 2015-11-13 17:31 GMT]


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 16:28
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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I chose working in my favourite area(s) Nov 13, 2015

Henry Schroeder wrote:

Maybe it should have been formulated "work in favorite area for the most part"

There should also be another (controversial) category - perfection - even if you can't define it universally...


It's one of the most profitable options, for me at least.
Work flows and I translate happily and well...

It includes some of the other options - good clients who pay well. Admittedly it includes my pro-bono clients too, but being able to afford to work for free for a good cause is also part of success as I see it.

Oh, well, it takes all sorts!

Have a nice weekend, everyone!

[Edited at 2015-11-13 17:48 GMT]


 
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