Intern position in the interpreting team, allocating jobs to interpreters, liaising with interpreters and clients, performing various administrative duties such as generating purchase orders.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I am very glad I was accepted for this placement, as I learnt so much during these 4 months. There was a really good atmosphere within the team and the company overall. I was given many responsibilities and had the opportunity to learn about the inside of the language industry. There was a lot of interaction with the interpreters and with the clients as well, which is what I am looking for during my future career.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was working within a very nice, dynamic and multilingual team. It was often very busy, but we were supportive of each others and I felt valued by the entire team. I am grateful to all members of the team for encouraging me at all times. This confirms I am keen to continue working in this field.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Both my mentor and my manager were always very supporting, ready to answer my questions and give me advice. The beginning of my internship was very smooth thanks to my mentor. She gave me new tasks progressively, which helped me to get used to the workload integrate to the team.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It was a very fast-paced environment, which may sometimes be difficult to cope with, however the whole team is very supportive and this is the sort of environment I aspire to work in in the future. I was glad to do this placement at this time and see the company evolve and grow bigger daily.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given various responsibilities, from contacting interpreters, giving them advice and assigning them to jobs, to liaising with our clients and performing administrative tasks eg. generating purchase orders for the interpreters. It is something rewarding and I am certain this will help me to accept further responsibilities in my future career.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt to work in a fast-paced environment. I think this is something essential as i want to work as a conference interpreter. I learnt various interpersonal skills, such as telephone skill. I also strengthened my adaption skills, as I had to master new applications and software in order to perform my daily duties.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The team is very friendly, and the company overall. Even during the busiest times, we were all supportive of each others.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was generally well organized, more desks were installed as the company grows bigger.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given training for example on registering new interpreters and setting up telephone interpreting, which helped me to work in a more autonomous manner. I was also given the opportunity to perform interpreting assignments for the NHS myself, which will help me as I hope to work again for Language Connect as a freelance interpreter in the future.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I believe a job at Language Connect is definitely a great opportunity not to be missed. It will make you learn a lot and open you doors for your future career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a very good social scene as we would often have lunch together in the social area, and sometimes have a get together at the end of the week.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I believe the company is located in a great area where the cost of living and socializing is reasonable compared to other areas of London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The Nightlife is generally quite good in this area, and there are many pubs and cafes to get together with friends.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
London generally, and in particular this area, is a dynamic place where many activities are available. Whether it is food, music or sport, there are options available for everyone.