Poll: Are you happy with the current state of your career?
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Oct 23, 2017

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Are you happy with the current state of your career?".

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 18:18
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Happy Oct 23, 2017

I’m quite happy with the current state of my career, but I would be even happier if I didn’t stumble occasionally on a non-payer client…

 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 19:18
Member (2008)
English to Italian
other Oct 23, 2017

Extremely happy about some aspects
Not very happy about other aspects (for example: after 15 years in patent translations, the opportunities to translate other kind to material are extremely rare and I understand that I am not very flexible now when approaching a translation. I should have paid more attention to other fields in the past)


 

Paulinho Fonseca  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 14:18
Member (2011)
English to Portuguese
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Very happy Oct 23, 2017

I am very happy with it. Still feel the need to improve in my fields and am planning integrate my knowledge with other new field in my language pair.
A great week to everyone!


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:18
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Unsure Oct 23, 2017

If you had asked me two years ago, I would have said that I was happy. But now I'm feeling that I have more work than I can handle. I would like to cut back but keep the money coming in.

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 19:18
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Very happy Oct 23, 2017

best job ever!

 

Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:18
Member (2012)
French to English
No Oct 23, 2017

I wouldn't exactly call it a career at the moment.

 

Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:18
English to Spanish
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What does “happy” have got to do with it? Oct 23, 2017

I certainly feel critical about this American obsession with being happy and happiness in general. The words being used have the stench of childish reductionism, as if human beings were incapable of feeling and expressing a range of emotions and thoughts beyond the poles happy and unhappy.

Having unloaded my usual Monday suffering on you, I think I would just say I'm pretty satisfied with the current state of my profession, but not with the current state of our profession.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 14:18
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Yes, but not entirely Oct 23, 2017

I'm very happy with the profession and the lifestyle, as well as with my late decision to become a freelancer. I'm not entirely happy with the financial aspects, though. My income is a lot better than when I was working in-house, but I still have to get rid of some clients that pay less than my average, and to spend less and save more. In order to do that, I need to replace the "unpleasant" clients with better ones. I'm on the right track. It should happen by the end of 2018.

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 19:18
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
Much like Mario Oct 24, 2017

I'm very happy in that my career took off much more quickly than I ever expected and I am earning far more than when working in-house, and I manage to fit work into my life more smoothly than when I was working fixed hours.

There's just one agency left to ditch, because they pay the least and I don't like their payment system in which the figures just don't seem to add up. Somehow there's a swings and roundabouts thing at play meaning I do seem to earn about the right amount but I feel like I'm not in control of the figures, and if you don't agree with the figures you don't get paid. I haven't ditched them yet because the PMs are really nice and one of them did me a big favour. I shan't ditch them actually, I'll just tell them I'm raising my rate, but I know that means they'll ditch me.


 


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