1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have really enjoyed my internship at Language Connect. This has been my first contact with a company that works within the translation, interpreting and project management field. I have learned a lot about project management and I have enjoyed working and living in London too. I would repeat the experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Most of my colleagues in my team always thank me and are appreciative of my work. The whole company in general has been very welcoming since the very first day, and it continues to be that way. I think that is one of the main things I like about Language Connect.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisors have always given me guidance and have solved any doubts I have had during my internship. I also think having two mentors was key to my improvement as I have always have some kind of support. I also think they managed to do a good job taking into account one of them was working remotely and the other one was in the office.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In my opinion, work in this company comes and goes in waves. Most of the time I feel like I have been quite busy, but there are days when I have nothing to do and it can feel quite boring. However, I do understand this is how this sector works.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
From my point of view, I was given responsibility when doing the Quality Assurance of texts, which I enjoyed. However, I feel like interns could be given more responsibility when they have been working in the company for a couple of months, always with some revision by their mentors or colleagues.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
If I end up working in the translation or project management field, I am convinced this internship will help me obtain a better job. I also think this four months helped me improve my English and I now feel more confident speaking it in a non-academic field, which will be great for any kind of job.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I think one of the reasons I have enjoyed this internship the most has been because of the atmosphere in this office. I like how welcoming everyone is and how there is always someone able to help should you need it. In particular, I felt very comfortable within my team.
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. The relationship amongst interns has been a good one since the very first day I started my internship. In my opinion, this contributes to having a nice atmosphere. Also, I believe having a lot of international interns helps the employees when they have queries about foreign languages.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socialising in the area I have been working in is quite high, especially compared to the salary interns receive. I like working in this area, but living in London can get very expensive. In terms of socialising, I would say the cost was high too.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Around this area there are many pubs to go to, as London Bridge Station is 10 minutes away by foot. This is also convenient as it is quite easy to access to other areas of London. Bermondsey Street is definitely a nice street to go to have a drink after work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I find there are many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work in London. For instance, there are many museums, art galleries, places to eat, musicals, etc. Also, the price range can vary a lot so there are always many options depending on what you feel like doing.