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A Survey into Job Characteristics and Perceptions of Personnel in Charge of Interpretation and Translation in Foreign Embassies in Korea

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2018, 19(5), pp.205-240
  • DOI : 10.15749/jts.2018.19.5.008
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies
  • Received : November 4, 2018
  • Accepted : December 5, 2018
  • Published : December 31, 2018

Hong, Sul young 1 Cheol Ja Jeong 1

1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of the current study is to identify the job characteristics, employment status and perceptions of personnel in charge of interpretation and translation at foreign embassies in South Korea. Although some amount of research has been undertaken to investigate the employment characteristics and occupational status of in-house interpreters and translators in South Korea’s public and private sectors, little attempt has been made to conduct a job/perception analysis of those working in foreign embassies in Seoul. Investigating foreign embassies are of significance in that embassies are not only major and long-standing employers of interpreters and translators but also represent an important and specialized sector of interpreting and translation in South Korea. To this end, 30 respondents of 7 language pairs working in 17 embassies answered a structured questionnaire. Questions include 1) basic information on respondents’ job profile, 2) employment procedure & job analysis, 3) work environment & perceptions. Data analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methods is carried out in 2 phases. First, results of data analysis and interpretation is presented according to 2 groups: those working under the job title of interpreter/translator and those who hold different job titles.Second, the data of both groups are combined and a comparative analysis and data interpretation is presented.

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