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Translator with English

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What I am looking for
Contract types Fixed-term contract, Permanent contract
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I am a Scottish woman who is looking for a position as a French and/or Spanish into English Translator,
a Translation Project Manager, or an Administrator with English.

I have eight years experience as a French and Spanish into English translator and proofreader specialising in business (company reports, contracts and corporate communications), tourism and international development. I keep up-to-date with developments in my specialist fields and have undertaken courses to build on my knowledge. I took a translation project management course during my masters degree and undertook a student placement with a well known translation agency in the UK, which provided me with a thorough understanding of translation project management. I also have three years' administration experience for private financial companies and government offices in both in the UK and France

I am able to relocate immediately.

Freelance Translator / Proofreader
Sep 2008 - Present
Translating French & Spanish into English and proofreading texts (via email)
- Company reports
- Contracts
- Tourist information
- International Development
- Glossary maintenance

EFL Teacher
Madrid, Spain
July 2007 - Dec 2008
Clients: Readleaf, Intercom English, Corporate Language Training, King's College International, Hot English,
Created daily lesson plans for multi-level adult ESL classes
Prepared examinations
Wrote progress reports
Organized supplementary materials in English for all students
Conducted small group and individual classroom activities based on differentiated learning needs

Administrator/Call Centre Agent
May 1998 - Aug 2007
Various temporary assignments through employment agencies including Change Recruitment, Meridian Business Support, Adecco, Bruce Murray Recruitment and Reed Employment
Assignments for companies including the Ministry of Defence and Barclays Stockbrokers
- Updating computer records
- Making travel arrangements
- Diary organisation
- Filing
- Performing tasks for management as required
- Photocopying
- Data entry
- Setting up a new computer system
- Assisting in the transfer of records between departments
- Cheque clearance
- Organisation of mail
- Monitoring customer enquiries in French and English

I have over fifteen years of experience working with Microsoft Office
My work in several customer service roles means I have developed good interpersonal skills
I speak fluent French and Spanish
My work as a translator means I have to explain the translation process to potential clients both over the phone and by email. When I was an English teacher I had to explain grammar points to students using language they would understand but without patronising them
My work as a translator means I have developed an excellent organisational skills because I have to manage my time when planning projects and clients' expectations on a daily basis.
My work as a translator means I often have to manage several projects at once and this has led to my developing the ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.
Both my work as a translator and as an administrator involved working independently (in the latter role management often requested me to organise projects), using initiative and working proactively with limited supervision.
As an EFL Teacher I was required to work as a team to prepare lesson plans. This meant that individual teachers had less work to do and ensured that the students had the best possible lessons.
My translation work always requires accuracy and attention to detail
My translation work always requires discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality
As an administrator I often had to manage diverse projects and changing priorities as the need arose
I have been praised for my positive and enthusiastic approach to work

July 2013
University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Master of Arts in Translation Studies (with Merit) (
Units taken
Translation Theory and Practice 1 and 2
Specialised Translation 1 and 2 (French into English, specialisations covered: entomology, sports journalism, medical, Francophone culture, women's rights, and business )
Second Specialised Translation 1 (Spanish into English, specialisations covered: instruction manuals, journalism, and Hispanic culture)
Translation Project (Spanish into English: 5, 000 word translation of a travel guide)
Computer and the Translator (Specialist glossary preparation and management of machine translation)
Research Management
MA Dissertation (The translation of business texts using translation memory tools: an analysis into the merits and weaknesses in French into English)

2000 2005
University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Master of Arts (Honours) F
Language(s) spoken

French (Fluent)

Spanish (Fluent)

English (Mother tongue)

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