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Legco internship translates into broader horizons

Gurinder Deep-Kaur
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Language Studies and Translation (full-time programme)

Intern at Legislative Council Secretariat in Hong Kong, and online supermarket www.FreshFresh.com in Shanghai

‘I realize that to overcome difficulties, I need to summon up the courage to approach people. When encountering resistance, I should always have alternative solutions ready, and not give up easily.’

Gurinder Deep-Kaur

LegCo internship translates into broader horizons

The two internship placements undertaken by Gurinder Deep-Kaur – one at the Legislative Council Secretariat in Hong Kong, the other at an online supermarket in Shanghai named “www.FreshFresh.com” – have not only broadened her horizons, but also proved her versatile abilities to deliver in different job functions.

“I spent several weeks working on translation at LegCo’s Translation and Interpretation Division, and helped with documents. My seniors would meticulously edit and correct my copy and then patiently go through each revision. This experience has helped me improve my techniques and skills in translation,” says Deep-Kaur. “During the second half of the internship, I enriched my knowledge enormously by spending a lot of time at meetings. The topics discussed were so relevant to our daily lives. Learning about these social issues through the debates among the lawmakers has broadened my horizons. I would sometimes review the meetings on YouTube and do some background research about topics featured in the agendas for future meetings. This has helped deepen my understanding of many social issues.”

As an aspiring translator, Deep-Kaur believes that her heightened awareness of social issues is vital to her work, as she has been motivated to build vocabulary related to specific topics, and learned about practical ways to carry out research into diverse issues.

At the online supermarket in Shanghai, Deep-Kaur immersed herself in the marketing side of a business. She teamed up with interns from Taiwan and Singapore to develop projects marketing fruit to schools and co-working offices. “We were involved all the way from planning to the final execution of these projects, mainly promotional events,” she notes. “In the process, I have learned to work and coordinate with different divisions, such as IT and operations, address problems and devise remedial action. I realise that to overcome difficulties, I need to summon up the courage to approach people. When encountering resistance, I should always have alternative solutions ready, and not give up easily.”

(Source: Classified Post, SCMP)

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