I wanted something different from my summer this year. I have been studying translation for four years and I felt that I needed some international work experience before I graduate. I decided to apply to England because I thought that would most benefit my career. After successfully completing my internship interview I was given the opportunity to do a translation internship in the UK.
Doing an internship in England has been a real experience for me. I wanted to come here to improve my English skills, since I mainly translate from that language. I also wanted to get a chance to know the local culture. I ended up in New Romney, a small town in Kent. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the bus connections are very good (and cheap!), so I have had the chance to travel in nearby cities, for example Hastings, Ashford, Folkestone, and Dover.
London is also very close, so I have used the opportunity and visited it twice already.
The working environment is very multicultural, so I have had the opportunity to really do some cross-cultural communication. In the translation department we translate articles into five languages, so the office is a real melting pot of nationalities. In the office we have people from over Europe, also some people with roots outside this continent. Even though the official language at work Is English, this still is a great opportunity to practice other language skills as well.
I have got work experience in the translation department in translating, blog publishing, proofreading and team management. I have mainly translated texts for Traveltura, even though the company that we work for in translation is called Studio-Solution.com. Most of the texts are related to travelling and are meant for marketing purposes. This gives the translator a good chance to be creative with the language in the translations, since the target texts needs to be fulfil the original’s purpose. The best thing about working with translators from many countries is that even though you don’t translate to same languages you can still help each other with difficulties we have with the texts.
Going abroad for the summer was an excellent decision. I have gained work and life experience while I have been doing my internship. Work placement in New Romney has certainly been a useful experience that will look great in my CV and help in the future when searching for jobs.