An Intern’s Diary Pt. 20
If you’re looking for a Russian to English translation internship – Eclectic Translations in St Petersburg is the place for you!
This is the last in a series of posts written by an intern we had back in September 2016; these diary entries should answer questions you may have about what an internship might entail.
Things I have learnt
A project manager’s job is hard. Their hours are ridiculous, and between balancing the needs of freelancers and clients, their nerves must be run ragged. Despite this stress, Eclectics’ PMs are charming and handle this incredibly well. We all must work together so there is a lot of understanding and compassion.
If/when I return, I look forward to shadowing the PM team for a day or two. I want to get a better idea of how the workflow software they use works, to find out how they choose to whom to offer work, under what conditions they will not accept a job from a client, and stop working with a freelancer.
If I am to continue working as a freelancer, I ABSOLUTELY have to get MemoQ. It is absolutely worth the investment. It increases productivity and maintains a high level of quality, in both cases, leading to being a better, more employable and therefore more prosperous freelancer. Now the question is just do I want to work freelance or in house?
During my time here, I got to try my hand at creative and standard translation, editing, proofreading, copywriting, transcription, subtitling, and more technical translation. I was exposed to marketing materials, cartoons, legal documents, research documents, Roscongress translations, glossaries (lots of glossaries), State initiatives, films and apps, and even foreign languages (French, Korean, German, Chinese). When I said at the beginning of my time here that I wanted to be exposed to everything the company does / deals with, I didn’t quite realise what I was letting myself in for… It has been a steep learning curve and I have enjoyed every minute.
I think I do not want to do a PhD just yet. I have been in full-time higher education now for five years and however much I have loved it, I do not want to become an academic; I want to use my skills in the workplace and, in my own little way, help make the world a better place.
So now I have some real soul-searching to do. I have really enjoyed my time with Eclectic and I can easily see myself working closely with the lovely people in the office. If I could somehow commute from the UK to 14th Line V.O., I would already be back with you all. For now, I will see whether I can feasibly make it back out in November, thereby delaying the need to make any decisions just yet!