Help with career ideas
March 11, 2014 10:51 AM Subscribe
I'm a freelance translator who wants to transition into employment. How can I go about this, and what should/could I do next?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I like translation but am ready for a new challenge. I started freelancing aged 25, not because I didn't want to work for The Man or because I was desperate to work alone, but because it seemed the most viable way to get into translation. Ten years on, I have made a decent success of it and now make a good living, but I'm tired of the solitude and of the lack of progression. I think I want to work for an organisation. I don't want to seek employment as a translator, because jobs are scarce and poorly paid - neither do I want to manage translation projects. So I'll probably need to look at completely different fields.
My first concern is: how do I parlay my freelancing experience into a job? How to convince a potential employer that I'm not a maverick loner, having spent most of my adult life freelancing?
My second problem is narrowing down the kind of job I'd want to do. I imagine I'd need to start at a fairly low level. Facts about me:
- Good writer
- Fluent French, decent German
- Degree from top British university
- Have taught my current discipline at the highest level (my teaching and my main hobby involve quite a bit of teamwork)
- Numerate and with some scientific education
- Considerable interest in medicine & public health, though no formal training in these areas
- Quick on the uptake
- Business skills sufficient to succeed as a freelancer for 10 years
- In the UK and with limited scope to relocate
I'm sure there's more I could add but I can't think of anything.
I'm looking for suggestions for strategies to employ, as well as for actual jobs/organisations/career paths to consider. Resources for learning how to tell my story effectively and so that employers will want to give me a try? Resources for finding vacancies at the right level in my local area? Anything gratefully received.
Anonymous for plausible deniability.