I got a B.A. in Russian from UNC and then studied for a year at Goettingen University in Germany. I studied Japanese for one job. am what they call an autodidact (sounds like some sort of beetle, doesn't it?) and am always learning something. Last year it was figure drawing. This year it's yoga. Well, I never get bored!
As for work, I taught English as a second language both in Europe and here, worked as a translator for EPA and later Naval Intelligence. I was busily self-employed as a translator for many years. I'm retired at the moment but miss translating so I'm really thinking hard about getting back to freelance work.