My life as a Project Manager

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My life as a Project Manager

  1. 1. Language Services Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. Professional Language Services www.translatemedia.com
  2. 2. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. My life as a Project Manager Mercedes Vallina
  3. 3. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. Before I was a Project Manager … <ul><li>5 year BA in English Language </li></ul><ul><li>and Linguistics at the University of Oviedo </li></ul><ul><li>One year at Sheffield University </li></ul><ul><li>in the English Language </li></ul><ul><li>and Literature Department </li></ul><ul><li>MA in Bilingual Translation </li></ul><ul><li>A three month Project Management Internship </li></ul><ul><li>Two years as Project Manager </li></ul>
  4. 4. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. Why did I want to be involved in translations? I have always been fascinated by languages : learning them, practising them, teaching them… I wanted to live in London and work in an international company with offices around the world (last December my company sent me to New York to work there for a week!) I always loved books and wanted my ideal job to be related to literature (in its many forms … )
  5. 5. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. After my BA, how do I get the job? <ul><li>An internship is a good way to start </li></ul><ul><li>Apply to as many agencies as possible </li></ul><ul><li>(directly or via recruitment websites) </li></ul><ul><li>Good CV and presentation email </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with a quick call (if no answer in one week) </li></ul><ul><li>Fast answer to emails with clear and concise answers to questions </li></ul><ul><li>Good phone and face-to-face manners: show determination, energy and be a good listener, your CV will do the rest. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. Once you are in… How does the translation business work?
  7. 7. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. My company is a medium size translation agency… IT Department Production Department Operations Department Sales Department Accounting Department Marketing Department
  8. 8. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. This is my place inside the translation business Klemen Perko Slovenian Jan Eggum Norwegian Sabine Piens Dutch Eric Xu Mandarin Kate Staniforth Late Rooms Me TranslateMedia
  9. 9. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. My main clients are… Advertising Legal Financial Technical Retailers
  10. 10. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. Kate sends the source text I send a quote back with a price and a turnaround Kate confirms the project I send the source text to Sandra, a German translator Sandra, translates it and sends it back to the me I send the source text and the translation to Otmar, a German translator Otmar sends the revised translation back to the me I review the translation and send it back to Kate We have a happy client with a German translation
  11. 11. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. Other kind of projects I deal with… Interpreting Transcription Subtitling Voice over Typesetting Transcreation / Google Ads
  12. 12. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. Main skills to be a Project Manager <ul><li>Love for languages </li></ul><ul><li>Stay calm when under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and organization skills </li></ul><ul><li>Attention to detail </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge about the translation process </li></ul><ul><li>Basic IT knowledge </li></ul>
  13. 13. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. The worst about my job: STRESS Communication problems with translators Too many jobs to manage Long hours Translators miss deadlines
  14. 14. Translate Media London | New York | Paris | Munich | Hong Kong Accurate. Punctual. Confidential. The best about my job My colleagues (fun and young environment) Involvement in cool projects Company growth Dealing with people from all over the world on a day-to-day basis

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