TAGS Language Solutions began life with just one person: translator and founder Teresa Sousa. Business was good, and over time, TAGS naturally evolved into a boutique translation agency. In August 2019, Marta Pereira happily joined the team as a translator and reviewer, working on a mix of technical and creative projects. With this month marking her one year anniversary at TAGS, we thought it would be nice to share a short Q&A to help you get to know her. Without further ado, meet Marta.
How did you get into translation?
I first started thinking about becoming a translator in my last year of high school, which is a bit late for most people. I guess it’s an indecisive time and my case was no exception. I started working for small companies, helping out on different projects. This helped me understand the processes and get to know how the industry worked. Later on, I joined an in-house translation team, working there for three years.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
My day-to-day responsibilities are ever-changing. No two days look alike. I may have a huge project that takes weeks to complete or several teeny-tiny projects that can be almost as time-consuming. Some things we just can’t predict 😊
What’s your favourite type of project to work on?
The ones where I have to use my creativity and think outside of the box. When the answer isn’t so obvious, it becomes a bigger challenge, making for a better experience overall.
What are your career development plans?
We’re lucky enough to work in a lot of different areas with different brands, so I guess I’m pretty fulfilled when it comes to this. My favourite areas are fashion, healthy lifestyle, and fitness.
What’s it like to be part of TAGS, after having been freelancing for a while?
It’s a safe haven and a place I can call home 😊 It’s been a small adventure that I’m proud to be a part of.
For you, what are the benefits of a boutique translation agency?
The comfortable feeling it has. We decide what fits us and what’s best for us. We decide the path we want to take and embark on the adventures that fit our profile. Of course, we can hit bumps along the way, but coming up with solutions is always easier when you’re working as a team.
What does a typical workday look like for you?
A typical workday may vary as we can juggle a lot of different projects but it usually starts with a “Good morning” sent to Brussels and a quick chat with Teresa. Then, it’s all about what’s on the to-do list for the day and organizing the best way to meet all the deadlines. We’re always communicating as there may be clarifications or queries to check with the client. Communication is indeed key.
What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
I may be a bit obsessed with TV shows, but I can also say that they helped me a lot when I first started learning English, so I better keep watching them… I also spend one or two hours a day at the gym, keeping up with my fitness and also seeing my friends. My pets are a huge part of my world too, so I spent most of my free time petting my dog and my cat. Sometimes the cat gets a bit sick and tired of it, but hey… he’s a cat.
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