Amusement with cheese

Next step: MA

Yep, it’s official! I am applying for my MA in translation at the University of Bristol. But don’t worry – I’m not going anywhere.

Qualifications count

Everybody knows the importance of qualifications. Which is precisely why I’ve decided that it’s time to start a graduate course. After a two-year break from university, I have found the energy and motivation to take on this new challenge. Even though I have a BA in translation, I do not consider myself a fully-pledged translator – and in Switzerland, nor do others. In order to be a fully accepted translator here, you need an MA (or 5 years of experience in the field, but that is another topic).

Working in Zurich, studying in Bristol

More than a year has passed since I started working for Supertext. I still like it! And I do not want to leave my job, nor move abroad. So I’ve decided to apply to the University of Bristol: not only is the university renowned for its translation faculty, but the program itself is set up for distance learning. A friend of mine just graduated from there and she spoke very highly of the program, the organization and the communication among students.

Asian dinner inspires application process

Right now I am still in the application process. I need to submit my transcript, my certificates, a personal statement and two academic references and take an English test for non-native speakers. The deadline is in August. I could have started sooner with this entire process… I’ve been considering a Masters for a while but I needed a push in the right direction. And it came while eating Asian noodles with two friends from my undergraduate course. They both completed distance learning programs in England from Switzerland and they liked it. So why not give it a try?

Squeezing thumbs

I still have two months to complete my application. It’s a bit of a rush considering that some students already started applying in April, but it’s still enough time. Once the application is out I can only wait and hope. So please, squeeze your thumbs for me and in my next blog post I will let you know how everything is going.

Title image via Flickr: Amusement with cheese – James Cridland (CC BY 2.0)

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