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April 2014


Being a Translator: My Journey to becoming a freelance translator

Friday April 25, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Savery 131

Joseph Boxman, graduate student Asian Languages & Literature

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the department of Asian Languages and Literature

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

For nearly five years in Seattle, I have been a professional Japanese to English translator. This talk will follow my path from Japanese language study to translation work. I will speak about my experience as a freelance translator, including details about how I find projects, what the work is, and how it gets done. In addition to presenting information based on my own experience, I will provide resources for further research into the field of professional translation.

Joseph Boxman is a graduate student in the Asian Literature and Languages Department at the University of Washington. Born and raised in southern Indiana, Boxman studied Japanese at Earlham College, then studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo. Upon his return to Indiana, he completed his degree while working as a translator/interpreter at an automotive factory (TBK America). In 2010 Boxman moved to Seattle and transitioned to freelance translation while working at an izakaya.


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May 2014


Getting your Foot in the Door and Progressing your Career in a Japanese (and other Asian Languages) Major

Wednesday May 21, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Smith Hall 105

Andrew Kim, Microsoft

Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature

For more information contact japan@uw.edu

How do I further my skills in Japanese (and other Asian languages)? Are programs like JET helpful to my career? What kind of options are available and how do I continually progress?

Andrew Kim will address these concerns and share advice on transitioning from student to full-time employment. Topics to include how you can develop your language skills to get to that professional level, the value of teaching programs like JET, the process of job hunting and what companies look for in bilingual candidates, advancing your career, etc. Be sure to prepare questions and network with Andrew for possible referrals.

Andrew earned his B.A. in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Washington and spent three years as an assistant language teacher in the JET Program (placed in Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima-ken, Japan). Returning to Seattle he got into the IT industry with his Japanese language skills. He currently has nine years of combined experience in the education and IT sectors, and is currently a service manager for email at Microsoft.


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Career Services
University of Washington
124 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-0176
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