Chiara Vecchi is studying for an MA in language translation at Swansea University. GO Wales organised a work taster opportunity for her to gain experience at translation company Veritas. With ambitions of pursuing a career as a freelance translator Chiara applied for the Freelancer Academy training course to gain a clearer understanding of marketing and financial aspects…
What did you gain from your work experience taster at Veritas?
Although I had already worked in translation companies in Italy, the Work Taster at Veritas gave me the possibility to work in an international environment and for a company providing several services, from project management and multilingual call centres, to interpreting and translating. I project managed several translation and interpreting projects, and I also participated in the company's blog and was responsible for translating the posts into Italian. This was such a positive experience that I decided to undertake my credit-rated internship in the same company, where I was also able to enhance my marketing and sales skills.
You’ve just finished the Freelancer Academy, how do you think the course will help boost your business?
I have been working as a freelance translator for 2 years, but recently I felt the need to approach my business from a more technical point of view, bearing areas such as marketing and finance in mind. I believe that the Freelance Academy has succeeded in providing me with tools and ideas to improve my marketing strategy and a better understanding of my finances. I was also very lucky to meet a very nice bunch of prospective freelancers, which has been a great opportunity for networking and sharing thoughts and opinions.
What are your plans for the future?
After having experienced the translation industry both as in-house and freelance translator, I feel that I would really like to pursue my career as freelance translator from German and English into Italian, as I feel that the Freelance Academy has equipped me with the right tools and enthusiasm to do this. However, I have enjoyed working in a translation company, so in the future I would not discard the possibility of dividing my time between a language service provider and my own business.
Would you recommend the course to others?
I would definitely recommend both the Work Taster and the Freelance Academy to other people. I was recommended the Academy myself and I am confident that people will definitely benefit from the overview of freelancing they will be provided with. It is also a great networking opportunity, as well as a way to a business qualification, which will eventually show even more one's commitment to his/her business and will to succeed.