Poll: Overall, I am happy about the current state of my career.
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Sundar Gopalakrishnan
Indien
Local time: 19:07
Engelska till Tamil
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Not happy Jul 8

I am not happy about the current state of my career. I started my career as a lexicographer. I ended up a translator. I love lexicography. I like translation also. But translation is a tedious work. I love to do literary translations. But usually I get non-literary translation work which is boring.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spanien
Local time: 14:37
Spanska till Engelska
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Semi-true Jul 8

I could actually be doing with a little less work, so that I might have the possibility of enjoying a couple of days rest before the end of August.

Angie Garbarino
 

Anastasia Kingsley Kinkusic  Identity Verified
USA
Medlem (2011)
Engelska
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Working everyday Jul 8

Last week I took my family to Prague, Czech Republic while balancing my workload. I’m grateful to be working, grateful for good health and still managing to enjoy my summer! With face masks of course but life goes on! 🙋‍♀️

Angie Garbarino
 

Nilton Junior  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 13:37
Medlem (2009)
Engelska till Portugisiska
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Semi-true Jul 8

Although I am happy with my income level, I voted semi-true because I think I can still find ways to work fewer hours without affecting my bottom line.

Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Chie. I  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 22:37
Medlem (2013)
Engelska till Japanska
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Yes Jul 8

I am really lucky.

My family are safe, and have jobs (including myself with interesting jobs from long term clients!). Wishing everyone the same and stay safe, take the changes in a positive way where possible, including face masks that are now indispensable.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 13:37
Medlem (2007)
Engelska till Portugisiska
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True Jul 8

I’m quite happy with the current state of my career, so long as my clients, old and new, keep coming for more. The only “problem” I have is the occasional feeling that I have more work than I can handle (like now) when at my age I should be slowing down, but like muscles memory needs exercise…

 

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 10:37
Portugisiska till Engelska
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Not happy Jul 8

Not at all happy.
Things are very bad here, very few jobs and no money.


 

TONNY OCHIENG
Kenya
Local time: 16:37
Luo (Kenya,Tanzania) till Swahili
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Not happy Jul 8

I could do with more translation work coming my way. Not the once in awhile gigs that i seem to get.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brasilien
Local time: 10:37
Medlem (2014)
Engelska till Portugisiska
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Unstable Jul 8

I am very happy with my career.
However, regarding the state of my career, the inconsistency of the volume of jobs has always been a factor of unstableness, and the current crisis has added to that.


Jo Macdonald
Josephine Cassar
Emily Scott
 

Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
USA
Local time: 09:37
Spanska till Engelska
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Semi-True Jul 8

I got laid off from a major literary project back in April but will be starting back up, any day now, with a client who is a world-renowned academic whom I have been collaborating with for more than 5 years.

I really needed a rest, anyway, because of the practically non-stop, seven-days-a-week demand for my services during that time.

Prolific writers are my favorite kind of client, because I prefer to be a prolific translator (without being a hack, of course).


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
USA
Local time: 06:37
Medlem (2003)
Spanska till Engelska
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Semi-true Jul 9

I work mainly for international organizations, and my particular clients are suffering. I will be much happier when they get back up to speed.

On the other hand, the break has been a blessing. I have been able to get two personal book projects ready for publication.


 

The Misha
Local time: 09:37
Ryska till Engelska
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I don't have a career Jul 9

I have a small professional business. Many public accountants, doctors and lawyers in private practice, code writers, etc. do too. In a career, or so the story goes, you start low, with a low enough pay, and progress, little by little, to a position with more responsibilities and more pay. Then you retire and go play golf or fish until you kick the bucket. In a small professional business, if you are good at what you do and do everything right, you build a better client book, raise your rates, l... See more
I have a small professional business. Many public accountants, doctors and lawyers in private practice, code writers, etc. do too. In a career, or so the story goes, you start low, with a low enough pay, and progress, little by little, to a position with more responsibilities and more pay. Then you retire and go play golf or fish until you kick the bucket. In a small professional business, if you are good at what you do and do everything right, you build a better client book, raise your rates, little by little, and, hopefully, make more money. But you are still doing the same work, day in and day out, and your responsibilities never change. Oh, and there's no golf non-stop for you either - you keep toiling until it is your time to go.

These are two different models, if you ask me, and people not being able to differentiate between the two properly causes them a lot of unnecessary mental anguish in this business. Just saying:)
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Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
Hong Kong
Local time: 21:37
Medlem
Kinesiska till Engelska
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Semantics Jul 10

As with the word "job", this obsession with semantics is not only utterly pointless, it's also completely wrong. Actors have careers, musicians have careers, private lawyers have careers, boxers have careers, politicians have careers, assassins have careers, and none of them are employees.

 

Jean Dimitriadis  Identity Verified
Engelska till Franska
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Semantics bis Jul 12

I don't know if it's any consolation, but I'd say that, as with a divorce*, a career is something that you always have.

For a while [me and my wife], we pondered whether to take a vacation or get a divorce. We decided that a trip to Bermuda is over in two weeks, but a divorce is something you always have. - Woody Allen

[Edited at 2020-07-12 19:24 GMT]


 


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