It has been five months since I left my previous job of teaching EFL in Semarang. I am now a dedicated translator for an agency in Yogyakarta. There are always bad and good in things that we decide to do. But I guess, making a change never hurts. So, here’s what I have managed to observe thus far.
Being a full time translator allows me to see another angle of English. I’ve learned so much about CAT (Computer Aided Translation) tools, about the TEP (Translation, Editing, and Proofreading) package, and of course, about negotiating proper prices these last few months. The gist is to always provide ironclad – as a colleague in my new company puts it – results in a timely manner.
The other thing is the change, albeit, necessity to keep on learning, new words, new contexts, new clients, new tools, new apps, you name it. Somehow, it always relates to the ever evolving WWW. Guess it lives up to the spirit of this blog, to always keep me abreast with the world around me.
Putting work aside, my life with my family is so much better now. I do not have to commute on a weekly basis. I enjoy spending my time preparing my daughter for school, taking care of our pets, having a chat with my wife, saying hi to the neighbors in every encounter, and not to forget, seeing the country side whilst enjoying cheap and delicious locally made delicacies. Basically, the amenities you can always find in any rural areas around Java.
Even better than that, I get to travel to the so called new tourist destinations in and around Kebumen (which declares itself to be a regency that puts tourism as its course of industrial development). But I’ll need to work on my photography skills. I mean, just to be able to take decent pictures and share them here. We shall see.
The not-really pleasant side of working remotely is perhaps and of course, lack of friends i.e. colleagues and an office to go back and forth to. Going out of the house in the morning for an office to meet a friend or two is now a luxury. I plan to make my own work place though, when everything is set.
However, with that in mind, I guess God has another plan. A simple visit from an officer in the nearby campus (STIKES Gombong) to my father-in-law, and voila, I go back to teaching EFL again, as a part-timer, a few times a week, enough to allow me to have a sense of going out for work in the morning, and keep my present employment. Alhamdulillah
Perhaps, the most important lesson over the past five months is the old wisdom of embracing the moment.