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Hello everyone :-) I have been trying to find any company preferably in the North East or the North of England willing to offer any type of work experience but I simply cannot find one company :-( anyone who has completed any or is going to got any info? Thank you :-)
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Hello. The good thing about translation is that you can get experience without going anywhere!! I started out by doing volunteer translation.

Although I did not get paid, I got valuable experience and the chance for a reference. Eventually this led to me having enough experience to get paid work.

You don't say what languages you study, but have a look at translations for progress, ashoka, une option de plus and even gumtree! For example: http://www.gumtree.com/p/jobs/spanis...tor/1016059530

If you have any questions let me know.
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(Original post by LordFishlock)
Hello everyone :-) I have been trying to find any company preferably in the North East or the North of England willing to offer any type of work experience but I simply cannot find one company :-( anyone who has completed any or is going to got any info? Thank you :-)
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I agree, you can work from anywhere. I work for translation agencies all over the world and the internet and emailing allows this. If you would be interested in getting translation work, such as if you wanted to work from the comfort of your home, emailing to 16,000+ agencies is the most effective approach - email CV to online translation agencies and companies
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Another way to get some experience, testimonials, and a portfolio would be to approach (e-mail) small businesses, and offer to translate the writing on their websites for free. Find family owned B&Bs, hotels and things like that using Google, and offer to translate it for free. That's what I planned to do when I wanted to become a translator. Good luck.
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Thanks everyone ever so much! Will just email a tonne of companies and businesses and hopefully I will get some work!


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(Original post by LordFishlock)
Thanks everyone ever so much! Will just email a tonne of companies and businesses and hopefully I will get some work!


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I would suggest against spamming a bunch of companies directly. Most people when they want a translation done they prefer to go to some physical office with look and feel, so they feel confident, and tend to be scared with handing their project to someone they do not know over the internet. Also, you probably only offer a few language combinations, and they don't know who you are. If they approach an agency they more easily trust the agency to test their translators beforehand, plus they can offer a lot of language combinations. So you are best off approaching the agencies instead (refer to my comment above). It can be expensive purchasing email addresses of medium-sized companies (or extremely time consuming collecting them yourself - I already tried this approach) and you will only be offering a very limited service. If you are starting out it is best to get some practice first by working with agencies, and then slowly branch out to direct customers. If you have some subject of specialization, you can think of exactly which companies would be interested in your services. If they have a lot of work most companies prefer to hire someone full-time in-house, so getting direct customers can be pretty tricky, but certainly possible. More effective than buying email addresses of regular companies might be to advertise your services on targeted websites, taking into consideration your subjects of specialisation. Again, practicing for agencies first will help you build up a good and solid reputation. ProZ is a good place where you can build an online profile (for free) and get your customers to leave comments and references for you. Google Places is also useful for that.
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Just to clarify, I meant really small businesses who would never normally approach someone to translate their stuff. You know, the ones who get their friend who 'speaks English' to do it for them. If you could find their details, small tourist destination restaurants could be good too - their menus are always riddled with mistakes.
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What Language combinations can you translate? I have a friend who runs a small business and is looking for translation work to be done from English to German. xx
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What Language combinations can you translate? I have a friend who runs a small business and is looking for translation work to be done from English to German. xx
what sort of stuff needs translating? If OP doesn't take you up on the offer,I may be intersted! As long as you know I'm just first year undergrad and not professional!
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