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Really, where? Dec 6, 2010

I am surprised. So, are these people trained to be translators and interpreters. I live and work in Canada, the translation field is not considered seriously and very often, individuals assume that they wake up in the morning and call themselves translators. As for companies, whenever they are hiring a translator they do not know anything about that field either. We are very often confronted to CFA conducting interviews assuming that they throw a list of terms OR sentences that can be translated at once. I am working for a company which last year hired a French translator with no qualifications, experience and did not even speak French properly, let alone translate the language.

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sokolniki  Identity Verified
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Local time: 20:58
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Where did they get that? Dec 7, 2010

I am surprised, if not shocked, too. My freelance business was so slow for at least a year. I watched with horror how the full-time translators that I know got laid off and hired again and laid off and hired once again by one and the same company - a total financial and emotional rollercoaster. And yes, similar to the episode described by 23FEVRIER, I watched completely unprofessional people being hired, for a fraction of cost naturally. So I would take this information with a HUGE grain of salt.

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Andrej Fric  Identity Verified
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Member (2011)
German to Slovenian
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It's all over there Dec 7, 2010

Global economic situation, as it is now, shows similar picture in any business, not just translating. People get hired and fired in all fields and downturn in economy cannot spare translation. I worked until recently in field of developement in automotive business and see young and not so young engineers and designers doing jobs, they are not qualified and skilled for. And the result are higher costs, missed deadlines and headache.
We all have to be prepared for 7 slim years, if not more. Beeing freelancer generaly doesn't mean beeing rich and secure. Or did I miss something?
Quality, reliability and knowledge are the only keys to success right now. And some modesty too.

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