Aston University was one of the few universities that offered the exact course I wanted to do, with the language combination I was interested in. Out of all the universitys that offered the course, Aston was the best and I felt reassured by the graduate employment record.
Aston is a unique university because it offers a compulsory year abroad, which allows you to split the year in half. The year abroad allowing me to develop both my French and my Spanish.
Another unique aspect of the university is its location in Birmingham city centre. It’s a big city with loads to offer and if you’re an EU student like me and wanting to travel around Britain, Birmingham is in a great location to do so.
During my year abroad, I had a work placement in a translation agency in Mons, Belgium and a study placement in Granada, Spain. I found that the course had prepared me very well for the work in the translation agency in Belgium and found that the ‘hands-on’ modules in particular (such as Translation & Technology in 2nd year) gave me an advantage. When I graduate I am hoping to work in a translation agency, much like the one in Belgium where I was on my year abroad. I feel that the work experience has given me an edge in competing for jobs.