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School of Languages and Cultures alumni careers talk at University of Sheffield


Uni_Sheffield_Alumni_TalkNever ones to pass up an opportunity to promote our industry and scout out potential new recruits, LKT just couldn’t resist another chance to visit one of our old universities and shout about how great the languages industry is. Once again, it was Roddy who was packing up his business cards and preparing himself for a day of presentations, a buffet lunch and lots of undergraduate students looking for their big break. This event, however, involved a trip across the Pennines to the Steel City, where Roddy studied French and German before embarking on his career in Manchester.

The panel at the School of Languages and Cultures Alumni Careers Talk comprised representatives from a wide variety of industries, including digital PR and consultancy, international project coordination, telecommunications, the television sector and, of course, translation. Much to the relief – and surprise! – of the presenters, the conference room at the University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute was full of students at all stages in their degree all looking to find out how they could get a foot in the door at their dream jobs. And, of course, Roddy was all too thrilled to dish out helpful hints, tips and advice to any students with aspirations of being among the industry’s next pool of talent.

We were thrilled with the positive feedback that we received following the event, particularly this comment from an interested student:

The alumni talk on 27th April was definitely an eye-opener. While it certainly gave me the idea that I could pursue more careers than I had thought of, it also cemented my goal to become a translator – particularly when Roddy mentioned that you have to really enjoy doing translations and the work that comes with it if you’re thinking of going into the industry. His talk later on in a smaller group setting put my mind at ease a bit more about my plans, and he really made it clear that, although some people have a quite linear path to becoming translators, there is no one-size-fits-all method. His advice about working within a translation company but not necessarily doing translations also gave me something to think about going forward.

We would like to thank the University of Sheffield for inviting us along and, of course, the students for taking the time in this busy period of exams and deadlines to come down and find out about our industry. We are already looking forward to our next event!