Alright, so I can’t figure out which forum is the most appropriate for this question, but this one seems close enough.
I’m currently a senior in an American university, with a double major in East Asian Studies and Chinese Language, and I’m looking to find a job in Taiwan upon graduation (May 2009). I’ve been to Taiwan three times so far, living in Taipei for a total of about two years. I love the place, and it just seems to make sense to find a job in Taipei after I’m done with school. I’m fluent in Chinese, I’m currently at Beijing Normal University, taking literature classes with native Chinese students for the semester, so I think my Chinese is up to par for translation work. I have done some translation here and there, I interned for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about two years ago, and I helped out a friend do some translation last year in Taipei. In addition to that, I’ve translated my fair share of Chinese poetry for classwork, although I suppose that’s of limited use in the job market.
Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of jobs there are out there for foreigners looking to do English/Chinese translation. This summer while I was at ICLP at NTU I heard conflicting reports concerning the availability and salary of translators, and job search sites are of limited use. Also, how do I go about searching for a job in Taipei while I’m in the US? I’m worried that I may have to take an English teaching job first and start looking for employment once I arrive in Taipei.
Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.