New job, new blog!
Updated: Feb 5, 2020
Well, I decided to start a blog! Thanks for dropping by! I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a while as a way to keep in contact with friends and family, share my thoughts and do some writing. One of my professors once advised us that starting a blog or writing creatively can be a positive exercise for translators, since, while translating is a creative process, it can be rewarding to write original content, sharing your own words and opinions. Writing stories is something I used to love, and something that I haven’t done for about eight years now! Who knows, maybe this blog could lead to other creative adventures.
This seems to be the perfect time to start a blog because, once again, I am about to move to a different country. As you will all know, I have moved abroad several times before for my studies and work, and most of you will have shared in my highs and lows through Facebook. In just over a week (next Monday!) I will once again be packing my bags, but this time, for the first time, I will be catching a flight to Luxembourg, where I will do a three month translation traineeship at the European Parliament. I am hugely excited about working in an EU institution and learning more about the running of the Parliament, but also about working ‘in house’ alongside linguists from all over Europe. Working as a freelancer has been a good experience and I feel like I have learnt a lot, but I am interested to see how it compares to working in an office. I am looking forward to working with other people and learning from more experienced translators, but I am sure that the 9-5 routine will take some getting used to! On the one hand, no more working late into the evening, but on the other, I will have less freedom to organise my own time.
I only found out that I got the internship in August, so the past few weeks have been busy planning and organising (and yet I still feel that I have lots to do!) I had been planning to move back to Bath, where I lived for a year and a half while studying for my Masters. I fell head over heels in love with the city, and was following accommodation leads when I got the news about Luxembourg. I’m still hoping to move back after my internship, hopefully with new and improved translation skills, better French and German and a lot of good memories! Thanks for reading and keep in touch 🙂 Abby x