Laura Keggin - Senior Project Manager Laura Keggin - Senior Project Manager

Laura KegginQualification

BA Translation, Media and Modern Language

Date Graduated

2012

Employer

Senior Project Manager, Integro Languages LTD

 

How has your career developed since graduating?

Since graduating in 2012, my career has developed significantly. I first worked in French customer service for an online clothing retailer, and assisted the Marketing and IT teams with development of French markets. I stayed in the same company for over three years and when I left, I was managing European markets, recruiting and managing linguists and implementing
a range of solutions, amongst other responsibilities. This experience helped me secure my current position as a Senior Project at Integro Languages.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your current role?

Having joined Integro Languages in February 2016, one of the most rewarding aspects of my role is successfully delivering a translation project within very tight deadlines, and receiving great feedback from clients. Signing off a project that both the translators and clients are pleased with is very satisfying.

What made you decide to study languages at UEA?

When deciding where to study, UEA stood out thanks to the range of options they had on offer. I was very keen to choose a language course with an applied focus; media and translation being the ultimate combination for me.

There were several modules that particularly stood out. Studying translation in the media highlighted the importance and power of translation, whereas translation theory gave me the opportunity to dissect and analyse each aspect of the translation process.

That, and the amazing campus (especially in the summer) and unique vibe in and around Norwich definitely made choosing where to study a much
easier process.

What was it like to study abroad?

I spent my year studying at the Université Francois Rabelais in Tours, France and enjoyed every second of it. I cannot express how much I learned both in terms of language and cultural awareness. Coming home speaking fluent French like the natives and a whole new group of French friends was a hugely satisfying experience.

What skills did you learn at UEA?

My experience studying and living abroad, coupled with my time spent at UEA was, to a large extent, the reason I secured my first role after graduating. The range of skills I developed at UEA combined with my time spent abroad made me the perfect candidate for the role. It has also provided me with the means to carve a career within the translation industry.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

Studying languages at UEA was one of the best decisions I could have made. It has provided me with so much more than knowledge of French and Translation but also lifelong friends and solid career prospects for the future.