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Poll: Do you have a job other than translation?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you have a job other than translation?".

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Full-time translator Aug 4, 2016

That's what I said. I also write, but I seldom get paid for it. I wrote a memoir, but the royalties weren't much to write home about.

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Natalie Soper  Identity Verified
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Second job Aug 4, 2016

Since I'm quite new to freelancing, I have kept my second job as an usher at a theatre - a job that I've had for 9 years. It's only a few nights a week and I can choose which evenings to work, so it's quite handy (plus, you get to watch the shows!).

I am thinking of leaving soon, though...since starting up as a translator, I am enjoying working with the public less and less!


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Teresa Borges
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No, not any more... Aug 4, 2016

I am a full-time translator but I led a double (professional) life for many years…

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Full time Aug 4, 2016

and enjoying every day of it

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Katrin Bosse  Identity Verified
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I answered "full-time translator" ... Aug 4, 2016

... but I am also a single working mother of a minor without help from my parents or my daughter's father.

So, those are in fact two jobs, all things considered.


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ventnai  Identity Verified
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Transitioned Aug 4, 2016

I transitioned from teaching to translation years ago. Translation started off as secondary employment in the 90s and I started dropping classes bit by bit when I began to obtain more and more translation work.

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Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
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No Aug 4, 2016

After graduating, I had to initially combine work as a conference hostess and secretary with occasional work as a freelance translator until I was sure I had enough clients to take the big leap into translating full time, which I did in 1979. I have lived happily ever since...

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Ahmad Hosseinzadeh  Identity Verified
Iran
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Tried some teaching Aug 4, 2016

I've worked as an EFL teacher for a few years, but I've found translation better suit my character (and financial needs as well!), so I quit.

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maryblack  Identity Verified
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for health insurance... Aug 4, 2016

I had to get a salaried job when I moved back to the U.S. because health insurance costs are so prohibitive... and still are despite Obamacare. I never needed a second job in Spain...

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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No Aug 4, 2016

Never

Jumped in the deep end on the first day. Still in the deep end right now. Anyone spot the problem in the equation?


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Yes Aug 4, 2016

I've spent a lot of time recently wandering around shopping malls hoping to be spotted by a modelling agency scout but that hasn't borne any fruit yet so I may have to settle for driving in F1 again next year

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Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
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Other Aug 4, 2016

I am retired and live form my pensions. Translation is just an occupation that brings in some more money.
Rolf


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes Aug 5, 2016

Chris S wrote:

I've spent a lot of time recently wandering around shopping malls hoping to be spotted by a modelling agency scout but that hasn't borne any fruit yet so I may have to settle for driving in F1 again next year


I know that feeling. I should have answered 'Yes' since I do fit full-time translation in between clandestine adventures up the Amazon and black ops for dodgy governments.

[Edited at 2016-08-05 08:11 GMT]


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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I used to... Aug 5, 2016

And I think it's quite advisable to have a regular job in-house, and to work in a corporate environment for a while, not only to learn how to negotiate and deal with other professionals, but most of all to actually "specialize" in some fields, which will never happen if you graduate in translation and sit at home for ever.

However, after about 10 years in a job like that, it's time to flee and never come back. As soon as you acquire enough knowledge to specialize in a few areas (in translation, not in the area itself, of course), then working in that "regular job" environment, with a boss, working hours, abusive taxes, etc., becomes harmful instead of a benefit.

[Edited at 2016-08-05 01:44 GMT]


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