Poll: How well does the educational system where you live prepare students for freelancing careers?
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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 19:03
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other Oct 4, 2017

Excuse me!

Yesterday's poll was titled:

"How well does the educational system where you live prepare students to practice translation?"

I think whoever is in charge of poll programming has the hiccups! Even the answers are exactly the same. icon_confused.gif

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[Edited at 2017-10-04 12:39 GMT]


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 11:03
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Not well! Oct 4, 2017

In Portugal, translation courses are adequate as far as theory goes, but they don’t prepare students for freelancing at all! There are huge gaps regarding entrepreneurship, time management, marketing, customer relationships, banking, accounting, etc.

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 12:03
Member (2006)
German to English
Hear hear old chap Oct 4, 2017

Julian Holmes wrote:

Excuse me!

Yesterday's poll was titled:

"How well does the educational system where you live prepare students to practice translation?"

I think whoever is in charge of poll programming has the hiccups!


Could not agree more with you Julian!


 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:03
French to English
Practice makes perfect Oct 4, 2017

This is about practising translation. And you know what people say about practising...icon_wink.gif

 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:03
Member (2007)
English
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Thank heavens you're sure of that Oct 4, 2017

Julian Holmes wrote:
Yesterday's poll was titled:

"How well does the educational system where you live prepare students to practice translation?"

I thought I'd lost the plot altogether for a moment there, and was imagining things in my dotage


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 08:03
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Zero Oct 4, 2017

Yesterday I answered "not very well", considering the professional practice.
For the freelancing market, my answer is "not at all" or "zero".
In other forums, we receive questions every day like "please help me", "what do I do", etc., because the culture in Brazil is still mainly to "find a job", and very little is known or taught regarding freelancing/self-emplyment.


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 19:03
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other Oct 5, 2017

Got a nasty feeling that the next poll will be titled:

"How well does the educational system where you live prepare students for the real world?"


 

Mohsen Kafi
New Zealand
Local time: 23:03
English to Persian (Farsi)
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The Iranian context Oct 8, 2017

The following paragraph is taken from my recent paper published in "Translator" Journal, found at this link__> http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13556509.2017.1297693

"The issue of TS syllabus at Iranian universities has been critically viewed by many Iranian researchers (e.g. Hashemi, Khoshsaligheh, and Erfani Hamidi 2013; Moezzi 2015; Salimi Beni and Heidari Tabrizi 2012; Sohrabi, Rahimi, and Arjmandi 2015). The interviewees were similarly critical towards the current syllabus. Around half of the interviewees focused on the courses which do not seem to have any significant output for the students. Also, they pointed to some overlaps in the current syllabus which result in the disinterestedness of students. The other interviewees put emphasis on the important
courses which are currently missing in the syllabus. Some of the courses suggested by the interviewees were machine translation, time and project management, marketing and communication".


 


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