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Translator: To Be or Not To Be

Updated on January 10, 2018

One of the jobs that is considered very popular in our time is that of a translator. Most people who are bilingual or who simply know another language other than their own are trying to make a living out of working as translators for companies usually online.

Now, when it comes to being a translator, it is a job that can both be interesting but also very tiring. It is not always profitable and people may expect more than you can handle. On the other hand though, you can find yourself a very good translating job that can offer you a lot more than you originally expected.

Something to Keep in Mind

When you first start out as a translator, it is not always guaranteed that you will easily find a job. If you do not own a degree in translation, you should probably own a degree in one of the languages that you know or provide some sort of confirmation that they are your native ones. It will not always be needed, but it will be a good thing when you have to compete against someone who owns a translator’s degree.

Positives about Being a Translator

One of the best things about being a translator is the fact that you will often be able to choose what kind of topic you would like to work on. For example, if you have knowledge in the medical field, it will be very easy and for you to work as a medical translator. That can also be very pleasant as you will be able to work on something you find interesting. Even if you do not wish to work on just one niche, you will be able to always come across interesting and varied topics in your field of work.

Along with that, another pro of this job is the flexibility of hours. You will be able to work from home and the fact that you will be given deadlines will always work in your favor as you will be able to adjust your work to your everyday life.

Translating jobs also usually pay pretty well after you have gained some experience and they can offer a good income depending on how much you are willing to work. With these kinds of jobs, the more time you are willing to put into working, the more you will get and therefore the more money you will earn.

Negatives about Being a Translator

Even though a translator has a pretty laid back schedule as working hours are flexible, you should keep in mind that deadlines are pretty short and you might have to work urgently if something comes up.

Another problem with translating is that you might come across employees that will not pay you enough. Even though translating is a very creative work, many employees don’t see it as such as you are not creating content for them. That can lead to bad payments and an overall bad experience for you.

Don’t Be Afraid to Give Translating a Try

All in all, being a translator can be a pretty demanding job but a very interesting one none the less. While it might take some time for you to find the right hob and the right employer, in the end the benefits are many and if you are thinking about pursuing a career like that, you should definitely give it a try!

© 2018 James Daily

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