Was TransPerfect your first job out of college?
It actually was not. I decided instead to pursue entertainment (I did a lot of theatre in college so wanted to see if that was the right career path), and accepted a job at a big talent agency in LA. I started in the mailroom and then worked as an assistant for an agent, but soon realized it wasn’t the right industry for me.
What led you to TransPerfect?
I graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in French and Linguistics, and wanted to get back in touch with my language background, potentially in a role that had opportunities for travel and/or relocation. I remembered having spoken to a TransPerfect recruiter my senior year, and had a friend who had since started working there. I got the call a couple of days later and agreed to move to New York in 5 weeks.
How has your career trajectory shaped itself?
I started as a Project Coordinator in our Life Sciences Production department. Immediately my favorite thing about the job was getting to learn from the linguists about all the different languages—it really brought my education to a new light. I loved the challenges posed by different languages and enjoyed working with the linguists to come up with creative solutions. I was just promoted to Senior Project Manager in May!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
My favorite parts of the job are the language and culture aspects—anytime I have the opportunity to think creatively about ways to solve problems that arise in certain languages/cultures is exciting to me. As a side project I’ve been working on a vendor initiative to identify qualified linguists that are interested in working with our department to improve overall quality and timeliness and improve/further our relationship with the best linguists for the subject matter.