Marie-Claire is currently on an internship in the Marketing department at Capita Translation and Interpreting. In this blog post, she tells us more about her studies, why she loves languages, and plans for her future career.
What’s your background?
Growing up in sunny Manchester, I always had a passion for learning about other cultures and knew that I wanted to go out and see the world! This led me to move to London to study Italian and Russian at UCL, which cemented my love of languages and travel.
Why did you want a role in Marketing?
Whilst at university, I started working in the promotions industry as a Brand Ambassador, a role which I have kept up since graduating last summer. I’m now eager to see the industry through a different perspective, and to learn about the Marketing process that takes place behind the scenes.
What do you love most about languages?
I’ve always loved the fact that learning a language isn’t just a professional advantage but a personal one too. There aren’t many other subjects you can study which not only help you to advance your career, but also your social circle and your love life!
On a serious note, the ability to speak a foreign language really can open the door to a world you never knew existed, and that’s what makes this industry so exciting to be part of. The rate at which it is expanding and the opportunities it offers are phenomenal, and definitely something I want to be part of!
Tell us about your studies and term abroad
I was lucky enough to spend my third year of university abroad, living with a family in Kazan, Tatarstan, attending language school in St. Petersburg over winter and studying at university in Rome over the summer months.
It was such a once in a lifetime experience which would never have happened had I not studied languages.
What would you consider to be your biggest professional success?
So far just getting through my traumatic half an hour Russian oral exam has been my biggest success!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
At the moment I can honestly say that I have absolutely no idea where I’ll be in ten years, and that’s something that I find exciting! I’m hoping I’ll be happy, well-travelled, and successful in a job that I enjoy.
What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
A small miracle, as well as the thought of what I’m going to eat for breakfast.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work I love to get stuck into anything arty – painting, drawing, sewing, even mosaicking. I also run regularly and try to keep fit, mainly in order to balance out the effects of my other main hobby – eating.
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by all ambitious people who push themselves to get the most out of life and be the best person they can be.
Any tips for those wanting to learn another language?
I would remind anyone who wants to learn another language that fluency doesn’t happen overnight, so you really need to enjoy the learning process! (Something which I only learnt myself at university). Incorporating not just the language but the culture of your chosen country into your daily life through watching films, reading the news or making friends with native speakers is crucial. I’ve also always found listening to songs particularly useful for making sure vocabulary sticks in your head, especially if you find an irritatingly catchy one!
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