Training on the full translation project management process. My main duties included managing a few of my own projects, and helping other Project Managers with QA checks and project admin.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I absolutely loved the internship, and it exceeded my initial expectations! I received broad training on managing language projects from start to finish, and there was always a variety of tasks to work on, so the workload never felt repetitive or boring. The internship was organised so well, and I would definitely recommend it to anybody interested in working in the Translation industry!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All colleagues were extremely helpful whenever I had any questions or concerns, and from the first day I was made to feel like a valued member of the team and company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My mentors were always there whenever I needed any guidance or support, and they made sure I was trained on everything I needed to be. We had regular catch-up meetings to ensure that everything was going well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The amount of projects we received daily/weekly varied quite a lot, so some days were very quiet whilst others were extremely busy. Nevertheless, whenever there was a quiet moment, I always had something else to do - such as additional training or completing other admin tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Throughout the 6 months, I had the opportunity to manage some of my own projects from start to finish so that I oversaw the entire process, and could assign the linguists myself. I also worked on a daily project every morning where I was also able to speak directly with the client regarding their project. Apart from this, the other main tasks I worked on were QA checks, certifications and completing project admin.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All of the training I received was very well-organised and thorough, and has been so helpful in terms of my next career steps.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was always really friendly and welcoming. There was always music playing in the background to help everyone focus throughout the day, and the office also had a small kitchen and seating area to relax in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I felt that the internship was organised so well, and interns gain a really broad insight into what it's like to work in the industry.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Throughout the internship, I felt like a valued member of the team, rather than just as an intern, which made my placement there really worthwhile, and I always got a lot of guidance and support from everyone.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The internship has helped me a lot in terms of my future career steps, and quite a few interns continue working at the company full-time after finishing the placement.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All colleagues were really communicative, and the team I was on had weekly catch-up meetings to check up on everybody, and we took part in team bonding games & quizzes.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
With the office being in London, the cost of socialising as well as transport was always quite expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The office is located right in the centre of the city, so there are plenty of bars & restaurants around the area, and transport is very reliable for outings.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Most of the time everyone was very busy throughout the week and not a lot of activities were planned, so I didn't get a chance to get involved with much outside of the office. However, the interns did organise a couple of outings some evenings after work, and the team I worked with organised regular lunch outings.