Work placements

Graduate work placement programme

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Work placements

Each year Atlas Translations Limited receives applications from 100s of students wanting work placements. We have been able to offer work placements to a number of students of various ages and nationalities. All have an interest in learning about the translation industry. Students are offered full training and integration into the company.

Applications now open for Work Placements 2022

During the COVID 19 pandemic, we did not process work placement applications since we were all working remotely; now that we are well and truly back in the office, we are delighted to be able to offer placements again!

We are excited to announce that we are offering two 3-month work placements:

  • One this summer, running from June to September (for undergraduates – applications now closed)
  • Another in the autumn, from September to December (for postgraduates).

Click here to read about some of the things we might ask you to get involved with.

We want you to get the most out of this placement as possible, so if you’re in the early stages of your career and have areas of interest, do let us know so that we can shape the responsibilities around you and your desired career path.

Should you be interested in applying to take part, we ask that you send us an updated CV and cover letter, outlining what you think you can bring to the team and why you are suitable for the role. Make it personal, make it creative, and let us know who you are!

Applications are now closed for the undergraduate placement. Applications for the postgraduate placement (September-December) will close at midday on  Friday 15th July.

Successful candidates will be invited to an informal remote interview. Before applying, please do make sure you are able to commit to working in our St Albans office every day, Monday to Friday.

Please note, we will pay you the Living Wage at £9.90 per hour for 30 hours a week, with the possibility for overtime during busy periods.

Any questions at all, don’t hesitate to email Charlie or give her a call on 01727 812725.

Since 1991

We have been offering work placements since 1993. We are pleased that previous placement students have found them to be invaluable. Some have ended up working in-house for Atlas, others have gone on to other translation companies. Many now work for Atlas on a freelance basis.

It should be noted that students are NOT assigned translation work (unless they have relevant commercial experience).

We take on students and graduates from both the UK and overseas.

Why does Atlas have work placements?

  • Training of future translators and project managers.
  • Providing realistic expectations of what translators actually do.
  • Strengthening the market of freelance translators.
  • Recruitment opportunities.
  • Networking.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Two-way learning – we learn a lot from our placement students!
  • To improve the training and employability of graduates and postgraduates of language and translation courses.
  • Strengthen links between Atlas and graduate/postgraduate students.

Duration of work placements?

A minimum of three months, on a full time basis. Please note that we offer full and detailed training. We do not offer part time placements or work placements for less than three months.

Range of work experience for work placements

  • Translation/proofreading tasks – limited amount depending on commercial experience.
  • IT skills.
  • Project Management – understanding client requirements.
  • Working relationships – development of trust and support between colleagues and student.
  • Internet search/glossaries and dictionaries on-line for terminology.
  • Admin such as invoicing, purchase orders, contracts, payments, post, filing, archives, maintaining records and databases.

What’s in it for work placement students?

  • This is a hands-on position offering experience in project management of translation projects.
  • Mentoring/training – named supervisors and regular (informal) meetings.
  • An excellent first step in your career. Work placements give you better job prospects. Plus the opportunity to apply your new knowledge and skills in a commercial environment.
  • Past work placements refer to learning about…Business practice, dealing with clients, dealing with problems, negotiating deadlines, estimating jobs, managing budgets. Experience of working with Trados, organisation of time and electronic files…
  • Participating in the development and writing of marketing materials and blogs.
  • Recruiting, assessing and managing the application process for prospective translators.
  • Assessing documents and software.

Aims of the work placement programme

  • Introduce students to a real-life translation environment.
  • Make students aware of the culture and structure of the professional translation environment. Build the necessary skills associated with it.
  • Observe and participate in translation projects and activities appropriate to their competence. Building on and extending their translation-related skills.
  • Apply skills in the working environment, under pressure and according to deadlines – independently and part of a team.

What we expect from work placement students

  • Must be highly creative, have excellent written communication skills, and be able to work independently.
  • Conduct themselves professionally, with staff and clients.
  • Should act within the terms and condition of our contractual agreement.
  • To undertake work to a satisfactory standard.
  • Maintain a reasonably smart appearance.
  • Arrive punctually for work and any meetings.
  • Report any absence from work as soon as possible.

Testimonials and FAQ

Read our WP testimonials, based on feedback from work placements who have completed placements.

We also have a “frequently asked questions document”, which you can download here.

Contact with any other queries.

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