Advice on becoming a translator.
September 17, 2009 9:33 AM Subscribe
I would like advice, suggestions, and knowledge concerning my intention to enter into the field of translation.
posted by lazaruslong to Work & Money (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Firstly, let me say that I am not doing this alone. My significant other is also a gifted linguist, and we both are planning on embarking on this mission.
First, the rationale:
We both want a good job that pays well and allows us to travel and work at the same time. We do not have a desire to be wealthy. We both have liberal arts degrees, so getting in the door of a corporate entity without specific skills, more education, and with the results we want seems unlikely.
The plan: Learn 5 languages.
The tools: Rosetta Stone Version 3, all languages.
Available languages in that toolset:
Spanish (latin america / spain)
We currently both speak English (native) and Spanish (fluent). The plan is, over the next 1-2 years, to learn 3 more languages to a fluency level. Our hope is that we can both get jobs in some field that allows to travel globally while working.
The appeal: We are both academically minded, and enjoy studying and hard work. We don't want to pay more money for continuing higher education. The concept that we could simply be rigorous in our study of languages over time and then convert that into a travel-oriented career path as a result of nothing more than hard work is very attractive.
The languages: The current plan is to have English, Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin under our belts. We have also considered Arabic and Italian.
The questions: Should we choose different languages? Which ones are in highest demand, and allow us to travel? What kinds of businesses or non-profits could we expect to find us desirable? Is it even possible for two people to get jobs with the same company and on the same assignments? What kind of pay could we expect? Is 5 languages enough? Does adding more increase our attractiveness and pay? I love Rosetta Stone's teaching strategy so far. Should we supplement it with other resources? Any other additional information would be much appreciated.