Elizabeth Bender '03

Freelance Translating in Japan

I live in Osaka, Japan, and for the last few years I have been employed as a freelance translator and interpreter. I work mainly for two different agencies (one in Tokyo and one here in Osaka city) that send me Japanese to English translation, proofreading, and copy writing projects by email. The content of these projects varies from relatively uncomplicated material such as restaurant menus and tourism pamphlets, to more complex technical or medical documents. Occasionally I am lucky enough to be assigned a job interpreting for a guest lecturer, or doing English announcements for festivals in Kyoto. 

It took me a while to get started as a freelance translator, but once I began receiving work, other jobs quickly came my way. I consider myself very fortunate to have a career that requires me to constantly put into practice the Japanese skills I learned as a Japanese major at the University of Mount Union. I am also thrilled that freelance work makes my schedule so flexible; I can do my job anywhere, anytime, so long as I hit my deadlines. Being your own boss is a great feeling, and it really keeps you on your toes!

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