My name is Ellie and I am studying Translation Studies, French and Spanish here at Aston University. I guess the main thing that attracted me to study here, along with the University’s central location, is the fact that Aston is one of few Universities to offer a degree course in actual translation, something which will hopefully make me stand out to future employers. The main thing I enjoy about the course is the mixture of things that we learn, ranging from the obvious grammar lessons for the languages I study, to cultural topics and translation theory. Since the teaching is all undertaken in the target language, it can seem extremely daunting at first, but since being on placement I cannot stress enough how beneficial it has been for coming abroad.
The first 6 months of my placement have been spent in Madrid, where I have worked for the translation company CPSL. I think the obvious benefit of this was gaining a first-hand experience of the industry which I hope to work in once I graduate. The Year Abroad also enables you to learn things which would simply never come up in a lecture, just being surrounded by the language and culture is such an invaluable experience.
By studying at Aston, I know that when the time comes for me to graduate, I will have gained skills and life experience which will help me in both later life and in my future career.