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Poll: How would you rate the first part of 2017 professionally?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:33
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Positive May 28, 2017

Better than last year.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 00:33
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Positive May 28, 2017

Much better than last year...

 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 00:33
Member (2007)
English
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Positive May 28, 2017

Maybe even too positive, if such a thing is possible. I keep saying yes when really I shouldn't. All well-paying jobs for clients who will pay, and on time, so it's difficult to say no.

 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:33
Russian to English
+ ...
In memoriam
Negative May 28, 2017

An agency for which I worked regularly on translations for business magazines - one quarterly, one annual - has lost the contract for the quarterly one, so I shall be getting much less from them.
Writer for whom I translate sci-fi novels finished one, I am waiting to hear from him about his next project. Occasional work from agencies but not so much as usual.

[Edited at 2017-05-29 07:12 GMT]


 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:33
French to English
Negative but understood May 28, 2017

Firstly, there were major changes with a regular direct with whom I have been working for over 16 years. It is dangerous to put all your eggs in the same basket but that wasn't really the case as in the past, the client was good at this particular time and others could just be fitted around this one. Temporary asymetry is not usually cause for concern. Unexpected organisational changes took place and although I still worked on the project for almost a year, the previously usual build-up did not ... See more
Firstly, there were major changes with a regular direct with whom I have been working for over 16 years. It is dangerous to put all your eggs in the same basket but that wasn't really the case as in the past, the client was good at this particular time and others could just be fitted around this one. Temporary asymetry is not usually cause for concern. Unexpected organisational changes took place and although I still worked on the project for almost a year, the previously usual build-up did not happen. A lot of work was done in-house by non-native employees and/or freely by native or non-native people flattered to work on the project at all. Freebie-flattery was not good for business and in more ways than one. Having worked on the project for so long, some of the participants wondered what had happened to my work they were used to seeing. It was not my work, it was as simple as that. So I lost out directly and probably indirectly too. I'll not be counting on them again. That explains in part why what was expected to be a good kick-start to 2017 was only rather half-hearted.

Secondly, I was simply less available through to other committments, notably study. The plan had been to work with the usual biggie and continue study and internships on that basis. It all became a little complicated but I had to give priority to the study. I had to give priority to the longer term. I've got some earnings to catch up on and will be doing that his summer!

So negative, yes, but for reasons I can identify very clearly, sort of through certain choices, one of which back-fired slightly.



[Edited at 2017-05-28 11:05 GMT]
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EvaVer (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:33
Czech to French
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Neutral May 28, 2017

No problems as to the volume, but the structure is deteriorating (some rather low-cost local agencies among my largest clients, and volumes shifting towards my "non-preferred" language pairs.

 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 22:33
English to Portuguese
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In memoriam
Bumpy May 28, 2017

Last year was steadier. In 2017 the highs are higher, and the lows are a bit longer.

Politics in my country may have a role in that, since most of our politicians are now busy with each one's personal struggle to stay out of jail, instead of governing the nation. This means that business investments are further scrutinized before they are made. Economy is running in second gear.


 

Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:33
Member (2011)
French to English
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Extremely positive May 28, 2017

The first part of 2017 has been extremely positive and indeed has been the busiest start to the year that I have had since I started translating. This is in stark contrast to the first half of last year, which was much quieter than usual.

 

Ulrika Smedberg  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 01:33
Member (2017)
French to Swedish
+ ...
Just started! May 28, 2017

Since I just started my professionnel career, I have nothing to compare with. Much work and takes time to get into it!

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 01:33
Member (2006)
German to English
Positive May 28, 2017

Well, I have been busy all the time up until now, so that can only be positive.

 

ValeriaR_Arg
Argentina
Local time: 21:33
English to Spanish
Negative so far... May 28, 2017

Terrible. I havent received any orders this year. I am saving money to open a store as soon as I can. This occupation is too unpredictable .

 

Luiz Barucke  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 22:33
Member (2013)
Spanish to Portuguese
+ ...
Very positive May 29, 2017

I really can't complain.

For many years, I've been having a pretty steady work volume, with many assignments everyday and during all day, but I noticed this year my average income has got higher in USD. I mean... I'm not talking about currency exchange fluctuations, which, by the way, also are helping me this year.

[Editada em 2017-05-29 02:40 GMT]


 

Georgie Scott  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 01:33
Member (2009)
French to English
+ ...
Positive except for May May 29, 2017

Positive in general but May has been slow, apparently due to a large number of public holidays in France and elections in France and the UK.

 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:33
English to Spanish
+ ...
Dumb May 29, 2017

Definitely dumb.

Oh, I thought they meant this poll.



 
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