Laura Jones

Degree: Computing and European Languages (German & Italian)
Year of Graduation: 2011
Job Title: Translator/Translation Co-ordinator
Organisation: Priory Translations Ltd.

Q. Why did you choose to study at Lancaster University?

A. I was impressed by the broad choice of subject options and combinations available, and particularly by the possibility of combining two languages with computing. I also found all of the tutors I spoke to at the open day to be enthusiastic, friendly and very helpful.

Q. What were the best things about your course at Lancaster?

A. The best thing about my course was the variety of topics studied in all parts of my degree, and the opportunity to specialise in the areas that I was most interested in. The tutors at Lancaster were always very supportive and interested in our learning.

Q. How much did your Lancaster degree help you in your career?

A. I do not think I would have been able to get into my chosen career path without this degree. My degree helped me to find a career path I was interested in and then gave me the skills I needed to progress in it.

Q. How much did your language skills help you in your career?

A. As a translator, I use my languages on a daily basis. The wide range of approaches to language teaching at Lancaster means that I feel able to adapt my language skills to a variety of situations.

Q. How much did your year abroad help in your career?

A. My year abroad helped me to develop my languages, which are essential for my career. It also gave me an insight into the cultures of Germany and Italy, which is very useful for translating certain types of document.

Q. How has your career progressed since graduating?

A. I started working as an administration assistant for a translation company, before moving into a translator role within the same company. 

Q. What are the most important qualities for being successful in your role?

A.  Attention to detail, foreign language skills, enthusiasm for native language, research skills and creativity.

Q. What do you like in your current role?

A. I particularly like using and developing my language skills, and I also really enjoy researching and learning about a wide variety of topics, including mechanical engineering, chemistry and law. This research is essential in order to carry out translations properly, and I think it's fascinating to get such an insight into these subject areas.

Q. What snippet of career advice would you give to a current student?

A. Always do your best in all the jobs you do, because it does pay off.