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    Anonymous

    someone i know who used to post here went from teaching to working in IT at a multinational. i don’t think she had prior experience in that area, but she had multiple languages they wanted so they trained her.

    if you’ve got portuguese, and technical aptitude, there is money to be made in science. just editing people’s science journal submissions can bring you a decent income (assuming you have some English skills as well, and can get out there and make connections). I don’t do too much of that anymore, since I now cut out the middleman and just translate them, but I have friends with medical backgrounds who can’t work as physicians but instead work as specialized editors and consultants. they do pretty well. Again, you need to be able to sell yourself and network for jobs. Word of mouth takes a while, but once it gets rolling, assuming you make your clients happy, the work comes in.
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    I thing I can think of is to get a degree here and IF YOU SPEAK PORTUGUESE TO NEAR NATIVE FLUENCY, then maybe you can get a good job. I know a few Brazilians whose parents are notconnected, but have great jobs because they speak English like a boss.
    Where I live, no interior, there are no jobs. Everyone that is reasonably well-off has a business of some sort. Either they do some sort of installation or sell something. There is a very BIG asterick attached to this message because having a business in Brazil is a major PITA. Labour unions are terrible and do nothing. Taxes are very salty too. Employees, in my experience, are all-or-nothing– good, or borderline mental retardation, no kidding.
    On the bright side, I’m about to conclude my very long-term project of making a really GOOD English course. I’ve been working on various parts of it for the past 5 years. I’ll launch the course next year and if anyone is interested, they can become a franquiado. And I’m talking about a good franquia, not one that rapes their franchisees every month for money… and not one that has repackaged other worthless books and charge high prices.

  • #255822

    Christine Cox
    Participant

    [QUOTE=3casas]someone i know who used to post here went from teaching to working in IT at a multinational. i don’t think she had prior experience in that area, but she had multiple languages they wanted so they trained her.

    if you’ve got portuguese, and technical aptitude, there is money to be made in science. just editing people’s science journal submissions can bring you a decent income (assuming you have some English skills as well, and can get out there and make connections). I don’t do too much of that anymore, since I now cut out the middleman and just translate them, but I have friends with medical backgrounds who can’t work as physicians but instead work as specialized editors and consultants. they do pretty well. Again, you need to be able to sell yourself and network for jobs. Word of mouth takes a while, but once it gets rolling, assuming you make your clients happy, the work comes in.

    [/QUOTE]
    That is an interesting idea. Do you mean editing submissions made in English by non-native speakers? How would I go about getting into that? Is it a case of start teaching and be on the look out for suitable opportunities?
    I’ve got good Portuguese skills and technical aptitude from my engineering background. I’ve thought about translation, particularly with a technical focus, but from research this seems to be something significant further study would require. Maybe further down the road.

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    [QUOTE=andrew_nofro]
    Where I live, no interior, there are no jobs. Everyone that is reasonably well-off has a business of some sort. Either they do some sort of installation or sell something. There is a very BIG asterick attached to this message because having a business in Brazil is a major PITA. Labour unions are terrible and do nothing. Taxes are very salty too. Employees, in my experience, are all-or-nothing– good, or borderline mental retardation, no kidding.
    On the bright side, I’m about to conclude my very long-term project of making a really GOOD English course. I’ve been working on various parts of it for the past 5 years. I’ll launch the course next year and if anyone is interested, they can become a franquiado. And I’m talking about a good franquia, not one that rapes their franchisees every month for money… and not one that has repackaged other worthless books and charge high prices.
    [/QUOTE]
    Spongey? Are you back???

  • #255840

    hoganti
    Member

    [QUOTE=Gringo.Floripa][QUOTE=andrew_nofro]
    Where I live, no interior, there are no jobs. Everyone that is reasonably well-off has a business of some sort. Either they do some sort of installation or sell something. There is a very BIG asterick attached to this message because having a business in Brazil is a major PITA. Labour unions are terrible and do nothing. Taxes are very salty too. Employees, in my experience, are all-or-nothing– good, or borderline mental retardation, no kidding.
    On the bright side, I’m about to conclude my very long-term project of making a really GOOD English course. I’ve been working on various parts of it for the past 5 years. I’ll launch the course next year and if anyone is interested, they can become a franquiado. And I’m talking about a good franquia, not one that rapes their franchisees every month for money… and not one that has repackaged other worthless books and charge high prices.
    [/QUOTE]
    Spongey? Are you back???
    lol….my thoughts exactly. Welcome back Andrew/spongebob/troll hunter/etc
    [/QUOTE]

  • #255841

    Christine Cox
    Participant

    Going off my original topic and as a relatively new poster I think I am missing the Spongebob reference. Who was this guy? I keep seeing references to him on various posts. Was he (or she?) to gringoes.com what The Stig was / is to Top Gear??
    If anyone can offer any useful advice / experience on my original question that would be good too ….

  • #255845

    Anonymous

    [QUOTE=teapott]Do you mean editing submissions made in English by non-native speakers? How would I go about getting into that? Is it a case of start teaching and be on the look out for suitable opportunities?
    [/QUOTE]1) yes, 2) depends on your market and ability, and 3) probably not. you need to find the need and target it (and possibly do some further study). I had an opportunity years ago to be mentored in this area and it opened a lot of doors.

    i do know translators who can’t seem to find work. a lot of this work is marketing/networking and it requires a certain portion of cara de pau when you’re getting started.
  • #255853

    [QUOTE=teapott]Going off my original topic and as a relatively new poster I think I am missing the Spongebob reference. Who was this guy? I keep seeing references to him on various posts. Was he (or she?) to gringoes.com what The Stig was / is to Top Gear??
    If anyone can offer any useful advice / experience on my original question that would be good too ….
    [/QUOTE]
    good question OP… I searched on this spongebob character, but the searches yielded very little. I’m actually in Alsace-Lorrain (close to Luxembourg– GERMANY) on vacation. If the site owner wishes to verify this, then they can.
    Back to reality:
    I don’t know about the other people on here, but I have a mega resum√ɬ© with education and experience, but it means ZERO here in Brazil. Annnnnnd I consider myself pretty fluent in Portuguese, but I’ve never had the sort of job in the 1st word. I’m just saying…. things in Brazil are very very very difficult. Short of saying “stay where you are!!!”

  • #255862

    Marc Maserati
    Participant

    I could edit scientific journals without a problem! I’ve already done it once and the paper was published in ~2 months! I was paid in the form of credit on the paper (co-author) but cash could be better! Something to think about for the future! How much could I charge per page / per manuscript?

    -Marc
  • #255867

    Mkamerling
    Member

    I know a guy that went from teaching English to working for an I.T multinational. Though he was in Brazil for a number of years, has fluent Portuguese and Spanish and also had a number of years professional experience in the U.S. He got his foot in the door through a contact. He had to start at the bottom again, as he had no Brazilian experience. He’s very smart, so has managed to work his way up very quickly.

  • #255804

    Christine Cox
    Participant

    Having spent the last 9 months sat in front of my computer,hopelessly seeking and applying for jobs in my field (civil engineering) with no success, Iam now considering other options. TeachingEnglish seeming to be the most available option and one that my Brazilianfriends keep suggesting.

    Unfortunately I do not have any prior teaching experience norqualifications (e.g. CELTA). Although having read numerous other forum posts on this site itwould appear that this is possible, even without prior experience. What I dohave is a reasonable standard of education including several years of Portugueseclasses. This has given me at least some idea of the teaching methods used for adultlanguage learning.

    What I would like to ask of the members here is if anybodyhas started out in Brazil by teaching English and later moved in to other areas,either because of previous experience or by obtaining further qualificationshere.

    I would like to end by adding that I do not mean to show any disrespect to English teaching asa long-term career, quite the contrary. Just for me personally, I have put a lotof effort in my engineering career to date, the field continues to interest meand I would miss the technical aspects if I could not return to it in thefuture.

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    Münchener
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