Poll: Was translation your first career?
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Local time: 12:20
Nov 26, 2015

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Was translation your first career?".

This poll was originally submitted by ILAN RUBIN. View the poll results »


Teresa Borges
Local time: 19:20
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No! Nov 26, 2015

As I said before (another very similar poll): It wasn't my first career, but it will be my last for sure!


Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Make-up artist Nov 26, 2015

I was also a florist and a pro wrestler before becoming the international (wo)man of mystery I am today.


Elena Mordenti  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:20
German to Italian
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Ocean Freight Forwarder Nov 26, 2015

My job was very interesting but I was too much under pressure so I quitted.
I began translating because I was passionate about foreign languages (german, english and french).


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:20
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Business admin manager, business unit manager... Nov 26, 2015

I answered "...totally different field" because I considered formal job/work, and I started in a totally different area, formally. However, translating was my first remunerated work for a while, before I got a formal job, and I never abandoned it. I kept translating as a second job since 1987, non-stop.

[Edited at 2015-11-26 15:50 GMT]


Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:20
English to Spanish
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First career or first occupation? Nov 26, 2015

My first occupation was that of a street vendor in the summer, selling comb sets, needle sets and other household items. I was 14.

Translation was my first career, but it remains my main career although it has branched out to graphic design, typesetting, project management and translation review.


Rodrigo Gaion  Identity Verified
English to Portuguese
Former actor Nov 26, 2015

I worked professionally as a stage actor for almost 15 years before working as a translator. And this really helped me to strive as a translator, specially because of my memory and self-discipline skills.


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:20
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes and no Nov 27, 2015

I worked as a bilingual secretary for several years, waiting for my break to get into the translation profession. I never considered it a career.


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