About the Event
On Friday 7 November, four members of the Capita Translation and Interpreting (Capita TI) team visited Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to host a presentation and series of workshops to Modern Language, Information and Communications students. For the language students concerned, this event marked the end of ‘Employability Week’ – a week designed to help students find out more about career prospects available to them after graduating. The purpose of our visit was to introduce students to the Language Services industry and enable them to understand the many different careers available when languages are studied during higher education.
The students spent the first hour in a presentation about where Capita TI fit in to the Localisation industry, followed by an introduction into the two different sides of our business; translation and interpreting. This presentation was followed by a series of workshops, designed to provide a high level oversight of job opportunities in business areas such as; Project Management, Account Management, Sales, Vendor Management, Marketing and File Engineering.
Capita TI is committed to working with our local community and raising awareness within schools, colleges and universities of the importance of studying languages to degree level and beyond. There is often a general misconception that career opportunities are restricted following language learning at a higher education level, but our aim is to show students how language skills help to broaden cultural understanding, augment various social skills and open doors to many professional career paths.
Students appeared to be very enthused by our visit and were quick to assure us that following our sessions they felt more at ease about career opportunities available to them post-graduation.
“The excellent talk and enlightening workshops showed a wonderful insight into the world of translation and interpreting as well as other areas of industry where language skills are required. The students were inspired by the enthusiasm of the presenters with whom they could identify and followed it up with very specific questions thus revealing the interest that the talk developed in them. This was a very significant event for our department as it helped students visualise the skills they are acquiring in their current degree applied to the language industry and see themselves as future employable graduates.”
“On behalf of the department of languages, information and communications at MMU, we want to express our gratitude to Capita Translation and Interpreting and we hope that this is the first of a series of collaborative events and the start of a fruitful partnership.”
Dr Stella Bullo, BA Languages joint programme leader
Dr Chris Jones, BA Languages joint programme leader
John Byrne, student experience support tutor