The question I probably asked myself the most while studying translation was "what are my career prospects?" I already knew that I could become a translator, but let's be realistic – when you're 18, you rarely know exactly what you want to do. Answers to the question frequently include "something with languages" or "something with computers," but rarely do you have all of your career moves planned out at the beginning of your studies.
In the meantime, I now have a much better idea of what careers someone with a translation degree can work in if they do not (immediately) want to go into business for themselves or find a full-time job as a translator. Incidentally, as of September 2018, only 8,813 people worked as full-time translators for companies in Germany (source: German Federal Employment Agency).