Despite what you might read to the contrary, the world is still multilingual. English, Spanish and Chinese are the most widely spoken languages but there are still millions of occasion every day when a translation is required to allow all those involved to understand the contents fully. The career possibilities for a qualified translator are still enormous, as they are involved in high level meetings between importers and suppliers, politicians, diplomats and many others.
Being employed to translate at important negotiations can include travelling to other countries and, of course, working very long hours. Using a specialist agency is a practical option for all of us, and despite the highly qualified staff involved, the cost is still manageable.