On being a specialized generalist – Jasper Pauwels

Many language professionals will either argue in favour of diversifying your services or urge you to specialize in a specific niche. Few people actually talk about combing the two strategies, specializing in a few areas of expertise. Personally, I translate both legal documents and marketing copy, which is an unusual combination that occasionally raises eyebrows. During this presentation, I will explain how I diversified into these very different fields and why it works out for me. From a more general perspective, we will also discuss the pros and cons of diversification, specialization or choosing the middle ground.

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About the presenter

 Jasper Pauwels

Jasper Pauwels works as a full-time freelance translator, translating from English and French into Dutch for many clients across Europe. His translation and proofreading services cover a wide range of topics, with a strong focus on legal and marketing translations. He holds two degrees in translation from two different countries – a Bachelor of Translation from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and a Master of Translation from the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

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