"At the moment, I’m working at Debbie Bryan, translating copy on the website and for printed media into French and Italian. I think that being a native speaker is a significant advantage when it comes to translating professionally because it is important to translate the concept, not simply the words. I’m also working closely with the company to give wording advice with the view to making that copy more international friendly and appeal to a French and Italian audience.
In my last placement with Languages for Business, I worked with the hardware company LC Tech, where I developed my own effective tools for translation by designing a series of spreadsheets. I am utilising and redeveloping these same tools and spreadsheets for my role at Debbie Bryan so it is really satisfying to use the skills I’ve built up for myself.
This is my seventh placement in my career overall and my second with Languages for Business. I see placements as a way to increase my employability, expand my experience and build my CV.
The benefit of getting a wide range of experiences from multiple placements has enabled me to tailor and specialise my CV for new job applications. At this point, I estimate that when applying for roles I am now being invited to interview approximately 50% of the time, which I see as a great success rate.
In terms of on the job training, at LC Tech I was taught to use Microsoft Outlook professionally, which is an important skill for me to have. At Debbie Bryan, I am being trained to use Adobe design software, which I hope will also be a good addition to my skill set."