- Working on a translation project of approximately 1 million words to translate from English into Chinese, supervising the team of linguists to make sure they follow necessary style guides, instructions and deadlines.
- Supporting senior project managers and ensure weekly delivery targets are met and projects progress at the required pace.
- Ensuring that each linguist is appropriately paid for their work while also remaining under budget and meeting profit margins where necessary.
- Supporting the recruitment of linguists for the project, having successfully recruited 15-20 linguists after guiding them through the on-boarding process and negotiating terms and conditions with them.
- Working on small projects for individual translation clients, having successfully delivered 3 translation projects and 1 transcription project so far, meeting all required deadlines and budgets.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the internship and working within my team. It was a very supportive environment and I was able to get along really well with my co-workers. I enjoyed the tasks that I was responsible for, especially being fully in charge of a project of around 1 million words. I had a good experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team that I was in was very supportive and we all worked together efficiently. We had weekly meetings where everyone gave updates on what they were doing, and it was also an opportunity to recognise people who were helping out, or were doing an outstanding job. The team and the people were the best part of the internship.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Training was quite good in the beginning of the internship, but once things got busy there was not much of a chance to practice things. so when it came to actually doing them there were a few hiccups.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
We were working on a very big project for most of the internship, so I was pretty busy with the constant management of the project, and then later on with recruitment of linguists on top of managing projects for individual clients at times.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility, working on a big project with quite a tight deadline and limited availability of linguists. I was also doing a lot of recruitment, which involved quite a lot of responsibility since I had to make sure I was only recruiting people who were reliable and would do a good job on the project, rather than waste the time of PMs.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The internship has helped me develop a lot of professional skills, such as being able to prioritise tasks, managing my time, being organised etc and these skills are useful in any situation.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is quite relaxed and laid back, so as long as everyone is doing their job, they can be left to their own devices. There is no strict dress code, no strict lunch hours or anything like that, so it's quite a chill place to work in. Everyone is friendly and nice as well. The facilities are not great though (small kitchen, toilets and hallways with no windows so it's always kind of smelly in those areas)
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was well organised, nothing major to comment on in this regard.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They trained me for the job, but other than that not much else.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Many interns (such as myself) end up staying on for a permanent position within the company, which is great.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were a few nights out and opportunities to socialise with co-workers. There was also a summer party, and there will be a Christmas party which is nice.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very high (it is London after all). Considering that I was paid less than the national minimum wage, there were many times where I was unable to attend social gatherings because I wasn't able to afford them,
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
This isn't something I'm interested in so I wouldn't know.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not company related (other than the social gatherings that were organised)