Graduate in Focus: Laura Cramp

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Full name: Laura Cramp

Degree title: BSc Translation Studies with French & German

Year of graduation: 2013

Name of the organisation where you work: TransPerfect

Job title: Department Manager

What does a typical day in your job look like?

I came into the company six years ago at the entry-level role of a Project Coordinator within the Life Sciences department. I was responsible for managing and coordinating the completion of all language projects from communicating with sales and linguists, to analysing budgets in a fast-paced environment. I worked for the past six years to manage a team of 12 people so my day-to-day now is more bigger picture; working on my business rather than in my business.

What has been the highlight of your job so far?

Being able to watch the successes and achievements of my team in their careers.

What skills have you developed in your role?

I have developed my communication skills as well as my analytical skills further.

How has your current role shaped your career plans?

My career has evolved into something I never could have imagined – not only do I get to work with amazing people on clinical trial translations, I get to travel and work with people all across the world to expand my brand globally.

How did you secure your role?

I researched job opportunities relating to languages. People would always say you must be a translator or a teacher if you studied languages, but there are so many more opportunities out there to utilise languages and also build on other core skills.

Did you secure your role while you were still a student?

This was the first role I applied for during my final year. I applied during exam period and started prior to actually graduating. Don’t feel pressured though – browse at your own leisure.

Did you do a placement or gain any other work experience before securing your graduate role?

As part of my degree, I did a placement year abroad – six months in France and six months in Germany. In France, I worked within a company translating and teaching English. In Germany, I studied Translation and Semantics at Leipzig University.

My communication skills improved massively as a result of having to deal with different cultures, as well as my confidence and independence – having to make decisions and experience things out of your comfort zone really changes you as an individual.

What advice would you offer to final year students or other recent graduates looking for a role?

You don’t need to have the next 3-5 years mapped out – look for something you enjoy and you will be happy and invested in what will come.