At Eclipse Translations, we are keen to encourage and support the translators and interpreters of the future. In May, we were delighted to welcome 14 undergraduates from Newcastle University to meet our team and find out more about how languages are applied in the work environment.
Amongst its accolades, the Modern Languages Department at Newcastle is ranked in the UK Top 10 for French, German and Spanish in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. The university undertakes considerable research into the field of languages, such as, mapping the field of translating and interpreting to the world economy and world culture. This expanded knowledge is fed directly into its training programmes where an increasingly globalised world is creating an ever-growing role for translating and interpreting.
Consequently the link between the university and ourselves in an ideal partnership. For the past two years, Eclipse Translations has been in regular contact with the Modern Languages degree programmes at Newcastle and our Senior Translator Andrew Maycroft has visited the university several times to deliver presentations to the students.
This time, it was the university’s turn to come along to Eclipse, which was certainly a welcome initiative! The students represented three of its courses, the BA in Modern Languages, BA Modern Languages – translation and Interpreting and MA in Professional Translation for European Languages.
In a specially devised programme, our aim was to add value to the students’ studies by giving them an opportunity to find out at first-hand about the various career pathways that exist within a translation company. Key members of our team provided an overview of Eclipse and a detailed account of Project Management in a translation company as well as sessions on what it is like to work as an In-house Translator and the role of the Technology Manager. A closing session looked at future routes to employment.
The feedback we received following the event was fantastic. Dr. Jean-Christophe Penet, Lecturer in French and Translation Studies who accompanied the group, commented that the students “were very impressed with the experience. They have learnt a lot about in-house translating thanks to all your presentations. This has definitely made them more aware of the range of employment opportunities (including technology related) and boosted their motivation to enter the profession.”
Eclipse Translations maintains relationships with Modern Languages departments of a number of universities and makes annual visits to speak to students. Although we hope to go on to employ a number of graduates from those universities at a later stage, our visits to the universities take place with the intention of boosting the future employability of the students themselves. Our relationship with Newcastle University is especially important to us, as Newcastle is a local university, in which Modern Languages and Translation maintain a strong presence.