1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my internship very much, because it allowed me to experience first-hand how the translation industry works and to put into practice what I have learnt during my academic career. It was helpful as well in order to understand how freelance linguists work and the relationship with translation agencies.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All my colleagues did their best to help and encourage me during my internship. I received several feedbacks, both positive and negative, which help me a lot improve my organisational skills. I received sincere encouragement from almost all my colleagues and this made me feel helpful to the team I was working with.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor and other colleagues provided me support and guidance which was necessary to me to perform my tasks in the best way possible. Even though they were all very busy, they were always available to answer my questions or guide me when I was involved in such tasks that were completely new to me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always busy and this was very positive to me, because it allowed me to experience a fast-paced working environment and better understand the challenges related to my job position. This was also an opportunity for me to be involved in many different tasks and to get the most of my internship.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think that I was given a high level of responsibility since the beginning, especially when dealing with individual clients. I could manage my own projects autonomously, from the first contact with the client to the delivery of translation. Also, I took care of specific types of translations which requested different steps.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think that every single skill I developed during my internship will be of fundamental help in the future. I managed to apply what I had studies and learnt during my academic career and improve it. Since I am willing to continue working in the same industry, I am sure that what I have developed will be really helpful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was really friendly, but also focused on our projects at the same time. Everyone was always really busy, but there was always time for a smile and for talking about something not related to work. There was always a nice background sound of people speaking over the phone which is really helpful to me to keep focused.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there was a very positive atmosphere and friendly environment. We used to have lunch together when possible, and also meet outside the working place in order to get to know each other and discuss about our interests and hobbies. We also used to have group chats so that we could easily organise ourselves during free time.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Close to the place I used to work there are several places where you can sit and have a drink together, such as pubs and similar. There are also restaurants and places to eat in. The area is not extremely crazy but we always managed to having a good time when we went out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were some. The working environment was friendly and we managed to organised some activities outside the office. Some examples are team breakfast, lunch outside, drinks after work. This happened more often among the group of interns working in the same company. But in any case it was a nice way to better get to know each other.