How are things so far – First Week in the Life of a Translation Professional Trainee!

As a 21 year old young girl, starting my first full time professional job was a daunting prospect! Being a ‘freshman’ from University – the world of work was unfamiliar to me – and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in my first week. In particular, because we are currently working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, I was very nervous to start work.

But, be glad to hear, my first week was one to remember – and for all the right reasons too! I was very fortunate to start the scheme alongside 6 other enthusiastic trainees – and having the opportunity to meet and get to know them face to face on the first day was a real treat! I’m really looking forward to working with them all over the next two years. I also had the opportunity to meet my line manager face to face, and see the offices and translation rooms in Council buildings. This made everything feel very real – and also helped build a strong relationship with the manager right from the start. I am used to working online, as a student, but it is very difficult to make new relationships with new people in this way so meeting face to face was really helpful.

In order to maintain the strong online relationship when returning home to work, I organized daily ‘teams’ meetings with my line manager, as well as conversations with various people running the scheme, and my mentor, an individual already on the trainee scheme, to make sure I’m on track and happy with everything so far. Being able to talk and see a variety of people on a daily basis made me feel part of the team from the start, which helped me to have the confidence to ask any questions if something wasn’t clear.

The word trainee may also be misunderstood as well, because in reality it’s not training that I have received, but the opportunity to contribute my ideas, and to make a difference. And right from the start I felt like I had found my feet. On my second day of work, I had the opportunity to start translating work pieces, and fortunately the piece I translated was promising and I was able to send it back to the customer within a day of completion! This was a big step for me because I didn’t expect to have the opportunity to translate work for a few weeks because I thought I would be receiving ‘training’.

As well as completing translation work on a daily basis, being on the scheme gives me so many other opportunities to further my knowledge, and this week I’ve been flipping through the intranet processing more system information ‘ whilst completing the learning policies and e-modules. It is important that I have some background knowledge of how the Council works, and where my job fits in – understanding the importance of the work I do every day. It has worked so well for me this week, whilst finding my feet, to have the flexibility to do various tasks on a daily basis such as small amounts of reading, learning, and checking / translating because sitting in front of a screen daily can be stressful and tedious, and quite repetitive to tell the truth!

So, reflecting on my first week, I don’t think it could have gone any better! I am in full swing, completing and sending work to customers, and continuing in daily discussions with my translation team and the scheme team, in case any difficulty arises. Every day has been varied, and everyone I’ve met has made me feel very welcome here. I’ve enjoyed every second and experiences so far and I’m really looking forward to my second week in office!

Sophie 😊

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