It’s Showtime. Act.

What should my first steps outside of MIIS be?  What should I do on, say, May 16th, the day after graduation? A well-articulated question from a student who is about to graduate in May, 2021 inspired me to write this blog, with her permission to share her question.

She wrote:

“Recently, I have noticed that, in conversations with fellow second-year classmates, many of us are struggling to grasp what our first steps will look like outside of MIIS. We have been hearing from and talking with many professionals, both within our classes and outside of them, which has been wonderful. Naturally, the vast majority of those we speak with graduated 5, 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Much of the advice they give us, as inspiring or helpful as it is, is provided with the caveat that the market has changed or that it doesn’t apply during the pandemic. 

This leads me to my question. Though I think many of us (or at least I personally) understand what we want our lives to look like in 3-5 years, it’s hard to know what to do on say…May 16th (the day after graduation), or even August 1st, 2021.”

What I shared with her:

“Since you asked about informing your first steps, my thought went to creating a check list. The closest I have come to a post graduate check list is this:

  1. Assume that you “know” enough already for your needs. It’s time to act. No amount of additional knowledge will replace your actions at this point. “Action” will be the theme of my message.
  2. Recognize that you have all of the information you need to guide you. None of the professors, advisors, colleagues or friends will have that totality of the “database” you own, even if they may know more about specific domains. Part of that “database” has information that you, and only you, know – your dreams, values, directions.
  3. Think back on the MIISMap that you worked on during New Student Orientation two years ago. You were asked about your career goals in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and at retirement. Have you changed your mind about your career goals since that time? If yes, congratulations! You have grown. If not, congratulations! You knew what you wanted clearly before coming to MIIS. My point here is: there is no “right” answer and it is ok to change your mind (within reason).
  4. Number 3 above is important. Keep your goals in mind as a “guide.” Make sure your career moves, short-term and mid-term, go in the “general direction” of your long-term goals. Regular calibration will be useful.
  5. Put on paper your vision for the next year – where you want to live and what you want to do. Know that these ideas are not coming from a vacuum. These ideas come from your “database” that has been collecting data. Don’t be afraid of these goals being “wrong” or “unrealistic”. We will get to that next.
  6. Put your “project plan” on paper, noting how you would reach your goals from item 5 with actions, milestones and dates. Think about goals in three categories: professional, personal and financial.
  7. Review items 5 and 6 with trusted professors, advisors, colleagues, family members and friends. Their role is to be your sounding board – to point out blind spots, provide additional perspective or connect you with others. Remember that this is not a private struggle. Use your network to support you.
  8. Implement your project plan, knowing you are able to adjust along the way.

The key points are:

  • Put down a plan.
  • Get feedback.
  • Take action.

Your question made me reflect on my own and some of my close friends’ journey after MIIS. Every one of us has a post-graduation story to tell – one with twists and turns. It is typically not straight forward. What I have learned from so many of these stories is: just land somewhere and go from there. We are not defined by our first jobs. Analysis paralysis is your biggest enemy right now.

At this point of the Spring Semester, I think of 2nd year students as great performers who are about to get on stage. You have studied and you have rehearsed. At some point, you have to get onto the stage. Know that you are well-prepared. Have a support system that can be your sounding board and you will be just fine. Finally, know that I am always available to act as your sounding board now and after graduation.”

It occurred to me that expectant graduates have worked hard to enhance their professional profile by acquiring knowledge and skills. At some point, a switch of mindset from knowledge acquisition to action needs to happen so that they can continue to thrive post-graduation. I have boiled down the new mindset to:

  • It’s showtime. Act.
  • Get comfortable co-existing with uncertainty.
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection.

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Winnie Heh

Career Advisor

MIIS

2021 TILM Career Fair

Every year, the Center for Advising and Career Services brings together a TILM Career Fair that hosts a wide range of translation, interpretation, and localization management employers.

The 2021 TILM Career Fair will be held on February 25, 2021, online at Handshake.

2021 TILM Career Fair Exhibitors

Acclaro

Acclaro is a translation service and platform that helps the world’s leading brands succeed across cultures. Through a fine-tuned process, top industry talent, and leading technologies, we make a long-term investment in our clients’ global brands.

Working in over 125 languages and with offices around the globe, Acclaro helps clients open new markets and gain a competitive edge by expertly adapting their brands and products with fast, high-quality translations.

Current Opportunities: Localization Project Manager, Localization Project Coordinator, freelance linguists of all language combinations offered by MIIS.

Ad Astra, Inc

Ad Astra is a reputable language services firm that specializes in administering screened, trained, certified, and experienced interpreters, translators, and transcriptionists in any language on a 24x7x365 basis. Our company’s philosophy is focused on cultural awareness and sensitivity in order to transfer communication between parties from different cultures and abilities. Our firm’s services reflect our commitment to diversity and equity.

Current Opportunities: Interpreters and Translators

Beijing Foryou Data Co., Ltd.

Beijing Foryou Data Co., Ltd., established in 2003, is specialized in translation, interpreting, conference service, localization and standardization. Foryou is based in Beijing, branched in Nanning, Baoding and Chengde, and sets up a research institute in Beijing. Foryou’s translation and interpreting services are strictly provided according to the requirements of ISO 17100 and ISO 18841 respectively. And as one of TAC-certified AAA translation service provider, the Company has passed such certifications as ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 27001 Information Safety Management System, AAA Translation Service Certification and AAA Enterprise Credit Rating Certification.

Current Opportunities: Translators

Cadence Translate

Cadence is a leading provider of investment research and language services to the global business and investment community.

Current Opportunities: Associates. (See Handshake posting for job description.)

CQ fluency

CQ fluency is a global translation and language services company specializing in cultural adaptation with a focus on healthcare and the life sciences. We are a communications company on a global mission to facilitate real connections and true cultural understanding between people who don’t speak the same language. Our cultural adaptation methods blend both meaning and feeling to create effective communications that transcend words and engage hearts and minds.

Current Opportunities: Project Managers. Vendor Coordinator. Freelance linguists: translators, post-editors, Quality Control specialists for all language pairs at MIIS.

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)

The Defense Language Institute teaches 17 language and dialects to military students from all branches of the military. Student body is 3,500. There are 1,700 faculty at DLI, almost all of whom are native language speakers. Aiso Library provides library resources and services to DLI students, faculty and staff. We work with a variety of vendors to acquire native language materials. We are expanding quickly into electronic resources – especially databases from other countries.

Current Opportunities: Instructors

Delsurtranslations

delsur is a localization company based in Argentina that provides Spanish, Portuguese and other native Latin American languages services worldwide.

Our company is the manifestation of our shared belief in a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous improvement. Through our collective vision, we have built a solid team of qualified language professionals who are recognized both at the national and international levels.

Current Opportunities: English-Spanish Translators and Localization Project Managers

DS-Interpretation, Inc.

DS-Interpretation, Inc. has specialized in Conference Interpretation Services since 1972. We believe that when it comes to live interpretation, the human element is essential. We use technology to help interpreters deliver their clients’ dynamic and critical message while maintaining industry standards. Our mission is to be compatible with the future. Interpreters will not be replaced by technology. They will be replaced by interpreters who use technology.

Current Opportunities: Conference interpreters

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Directorate of Intelligence

The Directorate of Intelligence of the FBI is the conduit between the FBI and the rest of the IC partners. The DI is responsible for managing the FBI’s analytic systems and development/management of the analyst workforce.

Current Opportunities: Language Analysts

Honda Kaihatsu Americas, Inc.

Honda Kaihatsu Americas, Inc. offers translation and interpretation services between Japanese and English for Honda group companies in the United States. Since its establishment in 1989, Honda Kaihatsu Americas, Inc. has been sending highly skilled and experienced Japanese-English translators and interpreters to Honda group companies in the United States.

Current Opportunities: In-house interpreters/translators (Japanese and English)

Idem Translations, Inc.

Founded in 1983, Idem Translations, Inc. is a full-service provider of translation and localization services. Idem specializes in certified translations for medical device, biomedical, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as other organizations and entities working in the life sciences sector, such as contract research organizations (CROs), healthcare research centers, and institutional review boards (IRBs). The company is a WBENC-certified woman-owned business and holds certifications to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, and ISO 17100:2015.

Current Opportunities: Quality Control Specialists, Life Sciences Localization Project Managers , Project Management Interns

Intuitive

Intuitive was founded in 1995 to create innovative, robotic-assisted systems that help empower doctors and hospitals to make surgery less invasive than an open approach. Since the da Vinci surgical system became one of the first robotic-assisted systems cleared by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery, we’ve taken robotic-assisted surgery from “science fiction” to reality. Working with doctors and hospitals, we’re continuing to develop new, minimally invasive surgical platforms and future diagnostic tools to help solve complex healthcare challenges around the world.

Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KeYgoga9MA

Current Opportunities: Documentation Tools Specialist (DITA)

KUDO

KUDO is the market-leading platform for multilingual video meetings, built for governments and enterprises to communicate across numerous languages in real-time around the world. Earlier this year, KUDO experienced an unprecedented surge in growth due to global circumstances that brought business travel and in-person meetings to an overnight halt. KUDO is now helping bridge critical lines of communication for international organizations and Fortune 1000 companies across different languages, cultures, and continents. Our platform achieves this by creating a seamless user experience where human professional interpreters work remotely through our powerful cloud-driven platform to facilitate multilingual video meetings and events built for the New Normal.

Current Opportunities: Interpreter / Project Manager, Interns (Preferred languages: Chinese, Korean, Japanese)

Lilt

Lilt makes it possible for every organization to communicate with their customers in the language of their choice affordably and at scale. The product combines human expertise and machine efficiency in a complete enterprise localization solution. Our mission is to make the world’s information accessible to everyone, regardless of where they were born or which language they speak. Lilt is backed by some of the world’s leading investors including Sequoia, Intel Capital. Our customers include some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the world who rely on Lilt every day to provide more personal customer experiences in 50+ languages. Our team is headquartered in San Francisco with secondary offices in Berlin, Indianapolis and Dublin.

Current Opportunities: Services Managers/ Services Manager Interns, translators, reviewers

Masterword Services

MasterWord Services, Inc. is a woman-owned business that provides interpretation, translation, localization and other language support services to enable language access and ensure success of international organizations, projects, and initiatives.

Current Opportunities: Interpreters, Translators, Translation Project Managers, Localization Project Managers, Interpretation Project Managers.

MediaLocate

MediaLocate is a leading full-service localization company that provides technology-driven language solutions to global businesses large and small. From Fortune 500 companies to start-ups positioned to enter the global marketplace, MediaLocate offers proactive language services that minimize delays to market, while managing consistency, compliance and cost.

Current Opportunities: Will update at the fair.

Meridian Linguistics

Meridian Linguistics Ltd. provides language solutions to technology companies: language data collection, linguistic analysis, translation, localization, and more. Our phoneticians, corpus linguists, annotators, data scientists, and translators work in dozens of languages, with a particular expertise in the languages of Asia.

Current Opportunities: Will update at the fair.

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue helps global brands speak their customers’ language. They operate from hubs in London, Los Angeles and Singapore, with an international project management team that’s united by a love of language and a can-do attitude. With a global network of in-market talent, they provide round-the-clock access to expert trans-creation, translation, insight and content origination services.

Current Opportunities: Account Manager, Account Management Intern, KO>EN translators and editors (native English or bilingual speakers only). 

Monterey Language Services

Monterey Language Services is committed to bridging the world’s languages by providing quality, professional and efficient translation & interpretation services in over 175 languages.

We are a group of professionals from different backgrounds working together as a team. Our expertise includes translation quality, translation processes, project management, and multilingual computing technology.

Current Opportunities: Office and Project Assistant, Interpreters

Morningside Translations

Morningside Translations is a leading provider of Foreign Language Solutions, such as translation, interpreting, and IP Services. Morningside Translations is the fastest growing major language service provider in North America and one of the largest intellectual property translation companies in the world. Specializing in patent, life sciences, and legal translations where accuracy and subject matter expertise are paramount, Morningside provides ISO 9001 and 13485-certified translations into more than 150 languages and offers end-to-end technology-enabled translation, localization, and multimedia solutions.

Morningside is the trusted partner to thousands of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms, and international regulatory bodies. Headquartered in New York City, Morningside has offices across the globe in San Francisco, Hamburg, London, and Jerusalem.

Current Opportunities: Part-time Project Coordinator, IP, Client Solutions Representative, Technical Services Representative

Multilingual Technologies Inc.

MultiLingual Technologies Inc. (“MLT”), based in Santa Clara, California – at the heart of Silicon Valley – is a multilingual professional  language service provider specializing in serving high-tech industries, especially the IT, Electronics and Life Sciences, as well as legal and financial services sectors.

We provide high quality and affordable translation and interpreting services between English and other major languages to clients worldwide, and our capabilities in East Asian languages, esp. Chinese, Japanese and Korean are well-known in the language services industry. As the company name implies, we are a language and technology problem solver and a cross-cultural technical communication facilitator. 

Current Opportunities: Summer internship for Translators and Project Managers with Chinese, Japanese and Korean as native languages in Santa Clara, CA (CPT and OPT supported), Xiamen and Shanghai.

Nexon America

A pioneer in the world of interactive entertainment software, Nexon was founded in 1994 and introduced some of the biggest innovations in our industry including the world’s first graphic massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and the first free-to-play game. Since then, we’ve continued to be an industry leader in MMORPG’s with more than 80 live games operated across more than 190 countries proving that online games are a progressive, mainstream form of entertainment to be enjoyed by everyone. By focusing on quality we have developed long-standing IP franchise hits, including MapleStory, Dungeon&Fighter, Sudden Attack, and KartRider.

Current Opportunities: Localization Coordinator Korean/English Bilingual, Localization Copy Editor, Localization Specialist

SDL International

SDL (LSE: SDL) is the global innovator in language translation technology, services and content management. For more than 20 years, SDL has transformed business results by enabling nuanced digital experiences with customers across the globe so they can create personalized connections anywhere and on any device. Are you in the know? Find out more at SDL.com.

Current Opportunities: Linguistic Test Specialists, Linguistic Test Leads

SOS International LLC (SOSi)

SOSi is a private, family-owned and operated government services integrator that works principally in the defense and intelligence sectors. We were founded in 1989 to provide specialized analytical services to the U.S. law enforcement community and over the past 25 years have evolved into an international solutions provider with experience in more than 30 countries worldwide. We provide intelligence, technology and project-management solutions to large government and private-sector organizations and are known for our agility, flexibility and proven experience around the world. Our commitment, expertise and experience deliver tangible results that reflect our passion for excellence.

Current Opportunities: Court Interpreters

Stanford Children’s Health
(Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital)

At Stanford Children’s Health, they know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That’s why they combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It’s why they provide their caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. And it’s why they need caring, committed people on our team – like you. Join them on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Current Opportunities: Assistant Manager – Interpreter Services, Medical Interpreters

Stanford Health Care

We believe that great things happen when you put talented people together and empower them to reach beyond the ordinary. Every day is an inspiration and an opportunity to lift up our patients with the care that has earned us a worldwide reputation for excellence. As an organization with more than 300 facilities throughout the Bay Area, we are a team united by our culture of respect. Our C-I-CARE philosophy invites each employee to elevate the patient experience, because every interaction is a chance to make a positive impact in the lives of those around us. That same commitment extends to the way we work together. We prize open communication and intensive collaboration because that’s how true innovation happens again and again.

Stanford Health Care in the Stanford University Medical Center is ranked by US News among the top 10 Hospitals nationally and is well known for having one of the best programs in medical interpretation and translation in the world.

Current Opportunities: Medical Interpretation/Translation Interns, In-House Medical Translators/Interpreters

Syntes Language Group

Since the early 1980s, Syntes Language Group has pursued a more interconnected world by providing its clients with reliable translation, interpreting, localization and consulting services. We serve over 200 clients around the world that include a wide range of corporate, professional and government organizations. Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, Syntes offers translation services in more than 60 languages.

Current Opportunities: Project Managers/Jr. Project Managers

Terra Translations

Terra Translations is a global language services company specializing in English and Spanish translation. We are made up of a group of professional translators who have been working in the translation market for more than 20 years, and we currently collaborate with a team of 1,000+ translation professionals across the globe. Terra is a rapidly growing firm with offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We have the strongest commitment to quality, demonstrated by ISO 9001:2015 certification and by consistently high performance for quality, timeliness, and turnaround time.

Current Opportunities:

  • Language & Cultural QA Specialist
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Localization Project Manager
  • Spanish into English Translators and Editors
  • English into Asian languages -and viceversa- Translators and Editors

The Pokémon Company International

Join one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world! The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996.

Current Opportunities: Localization Specialists

TNOLA Languages

We are a comprehensive Language Services Provider offering on-site Interpreters, written translations, and remote Interpreting solutions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality interpreting and translation available as we create communities through communication.

Current Opportunities: Assistant Translators

TransPerfect

The world’s best businesses know that potential customers can be anywhere. TransPerfect helps our clients to BE EVERYWHERE. With global headquarters in New York and offices in 104 cities across 6 continents, TransPerfect is the world’s largest privately held provider of language services and related technologies.

Current Opportunities: Project Manager, Account Manager, Solutions Engineer, Localization Engineer, Technical Project Manager, Special Projects Intern, Translators

U.S. Dept. of State – Office of Language Services

The Department of State’s Office of Language Services is responsible for providing foreign language interpreting (spoken) and translating (written) support for the State Department, the White House and other federal agencies. Our interpreters and translators serve as the ears, voice and words in foreign languages of the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the National Security Advisor, and other Cabinet officials.

Current Opportunities: Will provide updates during the career fair.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) policy, services, information and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 191 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it provides free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

Current Opportunities: Fellowship Programme

Additional February Recruiting Sessions

Due to time zone differences or other operational reasons, some employers have decided to reach students outside of the career fair through the recruiting sessions listed below:

Anzu Global

Anzu Global LLC is a globalization staffing company. We provide globalization personnel—Localization managers, internationalization engineers, translators, L10n and I18n QA engineers, bilingual technical support and localization engineers. We provide both on-site and remote resources for either contract or full time openings. Our philosophy is simple, “tell the truth”. With both our clients and candidates we strive for honest, clear and accurate communication.

Join Anzu Global’s Managing Partner, Mike Klinger, and his team as they discuss ‘hot’ technologies, how to prepare for job and interviews, and next steps! Includes Q&A.

Date: Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM PST

Register in Handshake

Cadence Translate

Cadence is a leading provider of investment research and language services to the global business and investment community.

Matt Conger, CEO of Cadence, will present what it means to be an Associate at Cadence, why he founded the company, what MIIS grads like about the company.

Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2021
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM PST

Register in Handshake

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

The CIA is the US Government agency responsible for collecting foreign human intelligence, providing objective, all-source analytic assessments on critical national security issues for the President and other senior policymakers.

The ability to speak, read, and translate foreign languages, in addition to understanding cultural differences, is vital to the mission of the CIA. Because intelligence priorities can shift, and countries and languages can increase in importance rapidly, the CIA must have employees with foreign language skills to handle both current national security requirements and potentially new missions.

Learn more about working for the CIA. Directorates represented will most likely include Open Source, Operations (Clandestine Service), and Analytical.

Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
Time: 12:10 PM – 1:50 PM PST

Register in Handshake

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Since our start in 1855, CHOP has been the birthplace for countless breakthroughs and dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. Built on a foundation of delivering safe, high-quality, family-centered care, the Hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Today, families facing complex conditions come to CHOP from all over the world, and our compassionate care and innovation has repeatedly earned us a spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of the nation’s best children’s hospitals.

Are you ready to be a Spanish Staff Interpreter and an internationally recognized pediatric health care network? Join Program Managers from CHOP’s Language Services division as they discuss their 2021 Summer Internship and how you can be a part of it!

Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PST

Register in Handshake

Daikin

Daikin is the world’s #1 manufacturer of air conditioners and refrigerants and provides the North American market with a full range of residential and commercial HVAC products leveraging its advanced core technologies for refrigerant control, inverters and heat pumps.  Located just outside of Houston, Texas, the Daikin Texas Technology Park allows Daikin to consolidate manufacturing, engineering, logistics, marketing and sales in a 4.2 million square feet state-of-the-art manufacturing and business campus.  

Use your Japanese language skills in an internship or full-time job with Daikin, the largest HVAC company in the world. With a newly established Interpretation Department and advanced Bosch simultaneous conference systems, interns will be working in Daikin’s brand new 4 million sq. ft. facility.

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Register in Handshake

SDL International

SDL (LSE: SDL) is the global innovator in language translation technology, services and content management. For more than 20 years, SDL has transformed business results by enabling nuanced digital experiences with customers across the globe so they can create personalized connections anywhere and on any device.

Join SDL’s Supply Chain Strategist, Ricki Ravnsbæk, as he discusses Career Paths within the Localization Industry – with a focus on linguist roles.

Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

Register in Handshake

Stanford Children’s Health

At Stanford Children’s Health, they know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That’s why they combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It’s why they provide their caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. And it’s why they need caring, committed people on our team – like you. Join them on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Stanford Children’s Health is recruiting for full-time and part-time Medical Interpreters and Translators. Includes full-time, part-time, and management positions.

Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Time: 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Register in Handshake

Stanford Health Care

We believe that great things happen when you put talented people together and empower them to reach beyond the ordinary. Every day is an inspiration and an opportunity to lift up our patients with the care that has earned us a worldwide reputation for excellence. As an organization with more than 300 facilities throughout the Bay Area, we are a team united by our culture of respect. Our C-I-CARE philosophy invites each employee to elevate the patient experience, because every interaction is a chance to make a positive impact in the lives of those around us. That same commitment extends to the way we work together. We prize open communication and intensive collaboration because that’s how true innovation happens again and again.

Stanford Health Care in the Stanford University Medical Center is ranked by US News among the top 10 Hospitals nationally and is well known for having one of the best programs in medical interpretation and translation in the world.

Stanford Health Care is recruiting for Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian Medical Interpreters for their Summer 2021 Internship Program. Staff interpreters will present the program and application process.

Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PST

Register in Handshake

Supertext

Founded in 2005, Supertext ranked among the top 100 European technology start-ups as early as 2008. More than 3,300 companies use their online services. Not only can they order and manage their copywriting and translation projects online, they also benefit from the company’s technical expertise and intelligent use of translation memories, termbases, and online workflow integration. Today, over 70 full-time members of staff coordinate the work of more than 1,500 copywriters, proofreaders and translators for national and international clients from all industries. Supertext takes care of more than 3,000 projects every month and is one of the most innovative global language service providers.

Join Supertext’s Chief Language Officer, Lucas Maire, and his colleague Frances Provine (Head of English) as they discuss freelance work, transcreation, what’s is like to be a Project Manager, career opportunities, and more!

Date: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
Time: 12:15 PM – 1:50 PM PST

Register in Handshake

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states.

Our mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

Sally Young of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will present the Fellowship opportunity and application process for translators, terminologists, and technical specialists.

WIPO will be hosting three different recruiting sessions:

PCT Terminology Fellowship
Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Register in Handshake

PCT Translation Fellowship
Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
Time: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PST
Register in Handshake

PCT Translation Technology
Date: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
Time: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PST
Register in Handshake

Please note that this page will continue to be updated leading up to the day of the fair, so please check back regularly!

How Two Degrees in Japanese Literature Translated Into a Localization Career – A Conversation With Jamie Cox

Jamie Cox
Jamie Cox is a Localization Producer at Blizzard Entertainment with years of experience on both the vendor and client sides of the localization industry. His October 2020 post on LinkedIn was on an issue near and dear to my heart – with two degrees in Japanese literature, how he “stumbled” into localization and how liberal arts and foreign language skills can translate into a successful career outside the classroom. I am always on the lookout for role models for language students, hence this conversation on lessons learned in navigating his career path.

Q: Please tell us about what sparked your interest in Japanese literature.

In high school, my family hosted an exchange student from Japan for a couple of weeks. This student taught me about Japanese culture and sparked my interest. I then was able to visit him in Japan a year later and I fell more in love with Japanese culture and the language. Japanese literature was the available major at my undergrad university (University of Montana), and so that’s where my passion for Japanese literature began.

Q: You used the word “stumble” in describing how you got into localization. How did it happen?

After graduating with my MA in Japanese Literature from Portland State University and moving to California, I didn’t know what to do next. A friend suggested I do some freelance translating for a company called Gengo. I noticed Gengo had an office close to where I was living at the time, and I reached out to see if they had any internships available. As luck would have it, they were looking for a project management intern at the time. That was over seven years ago, and I’ve been a localization project manager ever since!

Q: Have your two degrees in Japanese literature helped you in your career in localization? In what ways?

In the localization industry, it’s definitely a plus to know an additional language, even if you don’t actually use it for your own work. In my case, my knowledge of the Japanese language helped me secure the internship at Gengo, because Gengo is a Japanese company with its main office in Tokyo. In a practical sense at work, I don’t often use Japanese, but in the past I have occasionally done a quick check to make sure characters are appearing correctly in a delivery, or line breaks are accurate, those small types of things that every project manager will do from time to time.

Q: In addition to one’s language skills and cultural knowledge, are there any additional skills that can help one’s career in the localization industry?

I think soft skills that one tends to learn from education around language  (like foreign language learning or other liberal arts degrees) help tremendously in being able to accurately and easily convey information, either written or verbal. Additionally – at least for project managers – organization and documentation is paramount, so learning how to stay organized in your personal life will help you in your professional one as well.

Q: Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently in terms of managing your career?

The more you can offer to a company in terms of the skills you bring to the table, the better. There have been times I’ve wanted to streamline or modify a workflow but haven’t had the technical knowledge to do so, whether through Excel macros, database queries with SQL, or something similar. If I could do things differently, I would try to focus on cultivating some of those more technical skills to be a more well-rounded project manager.

Q: What is the best career advice you have ever received?

The most important thing to know about the localization industry is that it is a small one – you never know when the person you worked with (and hopefully made a great impression on) will pop back up later on in your career. Networking is very important, and so is making sure you’re always putting your best foot forward at work. We work in a great industry with amazing people from all over the world, so be sure to enjoy the connections you make.

Winnie Heh

Career Advisor

MIIS

This Is What Worked For Me – How XingChen Hu Approached Job Search Amid A Pandemic

There is no way to sugarcoat this – the job market is challenging for 2020 graduates. According to a USA Today report on August 8th, 2020, “the unemployment rate in the United States stood at 11.1% as of June. While this is a marked improvement from the 14.7% jobless rate in April, it is still higher than at any time in at least the last 70 years. In some U.S. cities – many of which are major economic hubs – the unemployment crisis is far worse than it is nationwide.”

As we shine a spotlight on the language industry, however, we are seeing some promising signs. Slator reported on August  6th, 2020, “the language industry job market is stabilizing after plunging in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Slator Language Industry Job Index (LIJI).” Slator further indicated that “prior to Covid-19, the LIJI started off slow in January 2020, but quickly bounced back with a record high in February 2020. August 2020 is the first month that the LIJI recorded an increase since March 2020, likely due to the ripple effects of Covid-related lockdowns around the world during the five months prior.”

In March, April and May, MIIS students and alumni reported hiring freezes, cancellations of internships and layoffs. The number of interviews I heard about slowed to a trickle. I started to hear more about interviews in late June and July although far from the level I saw in previous years during the same months. In late July and now in August, I have heard good news of May 2020 graduates receiving more than one offers. The main point here is: job search, no doubt, is difficult this year, but the job market is not completely dry.

This is why I decided to interview Xingchen Hu (MATLM 2020) for the first episode of my “This Is What Worked For Me” podcast. I hope how she managed the challenges and her subsequent success in her job search can help those who are still going through the process. Thank you, Xingchen, for sharing your learnings to lift others up.

How To Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty – A Conversation With Jon Ritzdorf

This podcast is my conversation with Jon Ritzdorf.  

Jon is a fellow graduate from MIIS who is a Senior Solutions Architect at RWS Moravia and an Adjunct Professor at MIIS, NYU and University of Maryland. I have always been very impressed by his industry insights, generosity towards students and his overall positivity. After he shared his career ups and downs with me, including the difficult timing of moving to New York City 2 months after the 911 attacks in 2001, I thought to myself: “Boy! Those were hard knocks. How did he recover from those setbacks and how does he maintain his positive outlook?” Hence this podcast.

How To Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty – A Conversation With Lorena Ortiz Schneider

The 6th episode of “How to Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty” is a conversation with MIIS alumna, Lorena Ortiz Schneider. The social distancing order imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus has had a severe impact on work opportunities for interpreters. On-site interpretation has been especially hard hit.

Given that many of my MIIS students aspire to a freelance interpreter career, I was particularly interested in Lorena’s perspective as a freelancer herself and as someone whose business works with freelance interpreters day in and day out. She pointed out that downturns can take a variety of forms from the macro-economic environment, to professional challenges, to personal setbacks and provided many heart-felt and practical suggestions.

How To Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty – A Conversation With Diane Mouradian

The 5th episode of “How to Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty” is a conversation with Diane Mouradian on how we can care for our emotional well-being overall and for those going through job search while the world is grappling with the pandemic. Diane is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a nationally certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist.

This is week 4 of the “shelter in place” order in California during the 2020 coronavirus outbreak and as of now a third of the global population is on coronavirus lockdown. This is no doubt an event of global proportion affecting us professionally and personally.

My key takeaways:

  • Acknowledge the stressors
  • Minimize negative triggers/increase positive triggers
  • Focus on what is within your control
  • Stay connected with others

How To Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty – A Conversation With Michael Klinger

Episode Four of “How To Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty” is my conversation with Michael Klinger, Managing Director of Anzu Global. Michael is a 30-year veteran in the language services industry. After starting his career as an interpreter, he went into staffing services and facilitating mergers and acquisitions in the language industry. In the interview, he shared his experience managing through previous economic downturns and strategies on job search at a time of economic uncertainty. 

How To Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty – A Conversation With Kathleen Diamond

Episode Three of “How To Navigate Job Search Amid Uncertainty” is my conversation with Kathleen Diamond, a language industry veteran who has founded and managed businesses in language teaching, translation and interpretation. In the interview, she shared how she became an entrepreneur and how she identified needs in the market to reinvent her businesses amid economic uncertainty.