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Ruthli
6/18/2018 12:45 EST

Hi Guys :) I am sizing up my chances of finding work in a particular field in Zurich, and would really appreciate an opinion from someone in the know. I'm hoping to find work in translation/interpreting but am unaccredited. I am a native English speaker and have near-native German. I have some translation experience, buckets of life experience and will soon be a graduate (Bachelor of Laws with German). I've been interpreting for years within the family context, and both translation and interpreting played a (small) part in my degree. I'm looking towards law firms in particular. I am aware that cantonal accreditation is necessary to translate in court, but I am hoping there would be work available in the context of meetings, negotiation and maybe even ADR. I'd be thankful for any advice.

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Maitikka
6/28/2018 15:50 EST

I have done E>G translations without degree. Friend of mine is certified translator/interpreter, and is working in the field you want. I have worked for law firms, myself, although not in translation.

Without really good connections your chances are close to zero. There are gadzillion certified ones, and lawyers especially tend to want degrees. The competition is huge, and even those with degrees get hired via connections, and doing the jobs, no one else wants to do, until they have a name in the field.

If you are best friends with some famous lawyer type, he/she can get you in for certain jobs, mostly in translation. From there you might build a name, although I doubt it will really fly, except you have a super special expertise. Interpreting, and especially simultaneous, which is often necessary in meetings, negotiations, etc., no chance. As a steady income, I would say, get the degree, or forget it. Sorry.

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