For this #LoveWattYouDo profile, we met a fantastic alumnus of the MSc in Interpreting and Translating Chinese to English – Fan Mo. She is a great example of determination delivering success. Currently working as an Estate Agent or ‘Realtor’ for a Chinese company across their international territories. Here she outlines why her degree with Heriot-Watt School of Social Sciences was the perfect stepping-stone to set her on the path to a multilingual career, and its lovely to see that she had such a great relationship with the academics that helped her along the way.
Question 1: What drove your decision to study a Masters degree in your subject? Did you have a specific end goal in mind?
I studied a masters in Chinese-English Interpreting and Translation. When I was at school, being fluent in English not only gave me an edge in my studies, but it also opened up window to explore the wider world. It was fantastic to get to know people from different countries and to understand what’s happening in this world without struggling to find a translation. I loved the experience and I wanted to make it part of my future career. My bachelor’s degree was in Chinese but my goal was to get involved in international organisations and I believed that my postgraduate degree would be the thing to help me achieve this goal.
Question 2. What was it about Heriot-Watt and your programme that made you want to study here?
I made quite a lot of comparisons before applying for this programme. Since I was mostly interested in interpreting, I was very attracted by the flexibility of the course. It allows you to make your own study plan by selecting what suits you best from a list of elective courses. Having experienced teachers who are also native speakers of the languages is a crucial element. State of the art interpreting labs also give students hands-on experience and prepares them for their future work. Last but not the least, not to mention a scholarship I gained from the Scottish government.
“Who doesn’t want to come to one of the most beautiful cities in the world!” Fan Mo
Since joining us in August 2016 as a Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing Assistant, Jessica’s found her interest, curiosity and of course knowledge of the variety of different things that spark an applicants interest to studying here at Heriot-Watt University fascinating.
Going forward, Jess will be focusing more of her role on assisting with the marketing of the School of Social Sciences and the communications within the School’s research expertise. You can also find Jessica outside of the office in a park with her pet pug puppy – Sir Arthur!
If you think that doing a PhD is all about being surround by endless piles of books and journals – one long deskbound literature review, this might make you think again! The School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt offers a world of opportunities, and some of our current PhD researchers are a great example.
Cait McCullagh, a PhD researcher with our Intercultural Research Centre, is undertaking research under a SGSAH Applied Research Collaborative Studentship in Shetland, looking at how people in vulnerable and remote environments connect around their maritime heritage. Her work, Curating Heritage for Sustainable Communities in Highly Vulnerable Environments: The case of Scotland’s Northern Isles, is a practice-based PhD, with hands-on work at Shetland Museum and Archives. Cait finds this approach beneficial, describing it as “ensuring that my praxis is grounded in the experience and learning opportunities that working behind the scenes with colleagues there affords.”