Our newest intern, Jennifer, studies French and Italian at University College London. After completing a university term studying in Martinique, Jennifer is completing a short internship before moving to Florence, Italy.
What’s your background?
Why did you want to work in the language industry/marketing/sales/other department?
I just really love languages! I’m fascinated by the translation and localisation industry, and how fast it’s developing to keep up with global demands, so I’m excited to learn more about how translation and interpretation companies run, and to develop my skills while interning at Capita TI.
Tell us about your studies
I’m currently on my Erasmus year – I spent my first semester studying at the Université des Antilles in Martinique, and will move to Florence to study political sciences in February.
My course at UCL is really broad, so I’ve had the opportunity to study linguistics, film, and politics as well as more ‘traditional’ language courses like grammar and translation.
What would you consider to be your biggest professional success?
I worked as an au pair last summer in Naples, and initially struggled to get the Italian girl I was teaching to focus during our lessons. I persevered, and as I got to know her I was able to find creative ways to get her interested, and by the end of the summer she was pretty much fluent in English – definitely a joint success for both of us!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully working in translation!
What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
Breakfast. I am a morning person, but only after I’ve eaten.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I’m really into musical theatre and have tried my hand at directing while at university which I loved. I also sing a lot – in the shower, in the car, doing the washing up…
Do you speak any other languages?
French and Italian, and a (very small) bit of Martiniquais creole.
Who inspires you?
I get really inspired by meeting new people with completely different cultural backgrounds to my own. I think everyone has a different world view to share, and learning more about what makes people tick makes me reflect on my own priorities. Cheesy but true!
Any tips for those wanting to learn another language?
Throw yourself into the culture of your target language as much as possible, by reading books, watching films and listening to the radio. The more interested you become in the culture, the more interesting the language becomes – and you learn without even thinking about it!
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