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Careers in translation

profeciency in more languages is the blessing

Proficiency in languages is not only a gift but is also a good way to become a professional translator. This is a much specialized stream that demands exceptional language skills and people and business skills. Globalization has opened up the doors for international businesses to establish their outlets worldwide. The world is shrinking and businesses are reaching out to all corners of the globe. Linguistic boundaries are no longer barriers to the idea of business expansion across the globe as professional translators are doing a great job in getting the hurdles out of the way. Today linguistic abilities are in much demand like never before.
India has a vast pool of talent as far as the linguistic talent is concerned. The world is looking to India to capitalize on the high proficiency of English language from this huge market place. The skills normally in demand are from English to other foreign languages and to some extent Indian languages. Multi-lingual skills will enhance their curriculum vitae and help them find jobs anywhere in the world. The demand for linguistically skilled people is on the rise for interpretation and translation of technical documents, reports, news and e-mails.
The talent pool consists of well educated professionals with special qualifications in these languages. The presence of major institutes imparting the language courses is responsible for the increasing number of language professionals. For example Alliance Francaise is the institute where French is taught in major cities in India. Max Mueller Bhavan is the place to learn German. There are institutes for Japanese, Chinese and other languages. Private classes are also available in major cities for learning languages like Spanish. The Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Pune offer graduate and post graduate courses in various foreign languages.
Translators are much in demand in Multinational companies, holiday resorts, travel agencies and hotels.
The majority of translators prefer to work as freelancers as they prefer to choose how many hours and when to work. This is also a way to avoid the hassles of commuting to the work spot saving time and energy. There are other advantages too such as dress codes and more. To be successful one has to be proficient in computer skills. Translation and interpreting jobs are advertised on the internet and a thorough search can lead you to many opportunities as a translator or interpreter. Have a robust internet connection that can handle large volumes of data helps to be an efficient translator. Offering reasonable rates and being available during weekends for urgent submissions and extended payment terms are helpful in securing a long working association with the employers. It is also helpful to have a Paypal account which is free, to receive payments from overseas. List yourself in the online forums for translators like eLance, ProZ and Translators Café and many online directories for this purpose so that you can get offers of work from those who seek translators from all over the world.

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