Careers in Interpreting and Translation

Our ‘Careers in Interpreting and Translation’ event took place on 15 February at the University of Leeds. About 150 students, including undergraduates from regional universities, filled a lecture theatre to listen to employers and postgraduate alumni speak inspiringly about translation and interpreting from their own personal experience. Panellists ranged from staff of EU institutions, the UN and the British Refugee Council, to former students freelancing in interpreting, translation and subtitling. Attendees were able to ask questions of the speakers personally following the talks.

Straight after the event we began receiving very positive feedback from the participants, who felt the event had been a real eye-opener in terms of interesting career opportunities. They were particularly reassured to learn about the career paths of the alumni, and some have already been knocking on our doors seeking advice on professional language training. All in all, the event proved highly successful and most enjoyable for all involved.

The next NNI/NNT event will take place on 14 March at the University of Salford. See the events page or contact us for details!

NNI/NNT Careers Event in Bristol, 16 March 2010

On March 16th over 200 students attended the joint NNI and NNT South England and Wales careers conference held in the historic Wills Memorial Hall. The event was jointly organized by the Universities of Bath, Portsmouth and Westminster in collaboration with the University of Bristol who hosted the event. Presentations were given from the UN, European Commission, European Parliament, GCHQ, ITI, and several freelance translators and interpreters on different career paths for linguists.

The conference was accompanied by a careers exhibition made up of employers and course providers from around the UK and Europe. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with the speakers and discuss their career options during the coffee break as well as participate in a formal Q&A at the end of the afternoon.

Many students commented on how this event changed their thoughts on future careers and the possibility of undergraduate or postgraduate language studies with overwhelmingly positive feedback directed towards the different guests and their presentations.

All talks are available for free download in mp3 format.

The Wills Memorial Hall, University of Bristol

Attention translation students & graduates; European Commission film and competition

The English Department of the European Commission’s translation service is pleased to announce the launch of a short film explaining the work of a translator and how to apply for a job as a translator in the European Institutions. This film would be of interest to anyone considering a career in languages, and we would be most grateful if you could forward it to any potentially interested students and graduates. It can be viewed at

Applications for the next recruitment competition can be made at from 13 July to 12 August.

European Commission Directorate-General for Translation
English Language Department

Recruiting Translators and Interpreters (Bath University – October 21st 2009)

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On October 21st Bath University welcomed 150 students from universities and schools across the South West to take part in the Careers in Interpreting and Translation conference.

The afternoon was divided into three sessions with presentations given by representatives from several major international organisations including the United Nations and European Commission, as well as freelance interpreters, translators and Bath alumni.

All presentations from the event are available online through the links below. You may be asked to install the free programme Microsoft Silverlight.


Professor Bill Brooks

University of Bath

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Helen Campbell
Directorate General Interpretation European Commission (link to the institution)

Zhengren Li
Head of Interpreting
United Nations in Geneva (link to the institution)

Dimitri Agratchev
Head of the English Booth
United Nations in Vienna (link to the institution)

Ruth Griffiths
Head of the Language Unit
International Committee of the Red Cross (link to the institution)

Antonia Coleman
Public Service Interpreter

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Angeliki Petritz
Directorate General Translation European Commission (link to the institution)

Steve Slade
Head of English Translation
International Court of Justice (link to the institution)

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Bath Alumni



Routes into Language Careers – University of Leeds (24 February, 2009)

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All undergraduate and postgraduate students who completed a feedback form agreed the Routes into Language Careers event was both interesting and enjoyable and that it had encouraged them to consider a languages related career.


“The event gave me ideas about what to do after graduation and what is valued by employers”
“It was great hearing a short account of various jobs and being able to ask questions”
“I appreciated the advice on careers routes and the opportunity to talk to languages professionals”
“The discussion panels were good, especially listening to the alumni experiences that we could relate to”
“I enjoyed listening to the personal experiences of the people who spoke and was amazed at how vast opportunities can be and how far they can take you”
“The employers fair gave an interesting insight into what firms are looking for”
“The event allowed me to get to know a broader range of career possibilities with languages. It was encouraging to hear how much work there is out there.”


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