The Translation People are pleased to welcome Karen Hall as the newest member of the Glasgow Team. Karen came to Glasgow in 1999 to study Spanish and Portuguese and graduated in Hispanic Studies in 2004. After spending time travelling around Europe and working in a number of different industries the pull of languages was too strong and Karen moved to Leeds to begin an MA in Applied Translation Studies. The course was vocational, involving the study of many areas of translation including machine translation, subtitling for film and TV, linguistics and methodologies of translation. It was here that Karen was first introduced to the world of localisation project management and gained valuable experience of the wide array of computer-assisted translation tools used in the profession today to ensure translation quality and improve time-to-market.
On completing her studies Karen moved to Maidenhead where she worked as a Project Co-ordinator for SDL. Her main role was to manage translation projects for a variety of different clients from online gaming creators to electrical engineering companies. Here Karen experienced firsthand just how many factors are involved in producing a quality translation to meet her client’s needs. She developed her knowledge of translation technology and its many benefits to the translation industry along with her project management skills.
Before joining The Translation People Karen was Interpreting Co-ordinator for Scottish Refugee Council where she managed the Interpreting service for the charity, gaining valuable insight into exactly what is involved in providing an effective interpreting service. As part of this role she was also involved in a number of Scottish Government and NHS groups tasked with creating a framework for translation/interpreting service provision in order to ensure quality and consistency across Scotland.
Karen brings both her interpreting and translation experience to her role as an Account Manager with The Translation People. She is already enjoying working with and getting to know our extensive network of translators and clients. When she is not working Karen loves nothing more than to curl up with a good book, see a film or visit new places. She has recently become a Volunteer Mentor on a Refugee mentoring project in Glasgow where she hopes to put her English teaching skills to good use as well as perhaps picking up a new language herself!