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Jess Hinds BA (2013, Hispanic Studies) currently works as a translator for Pangeanic, a company based in Valencia, Spain which specialises in machine translation. After coming from Manchester to Liverpool in 2009, Jess developed her passion for studying the Spanish language and culture, with a particular interest in translation and linguistics. During her time at Liverpool she also studied Portuguese and worked as a student ambassador, guiding prospective students around the University campus and representing her fellow language students on the course.

Jess Hinds in Mérida, Spain, during her year abroad

Jess Hinds in Mérida, Spain, during her year abroad

For her year abroad, Jess worked as an English Language Assistant in the region of Extremadura in Spain, teaching at both a primary school and an art college. Living in Mérida with three Spaniards and developing many valuable friendships with locals, she was constantly exposed to the language. She states that this was the best way for her to build on her linguistic skills and fully experience the lifestyle there. Jess was even comfortable enough to join the local theatre group and perform with them in Spanish.

Teaching English in Spain made me realise how much I enjoy teaching others, exploring new places on my own and learning new things in a different culture. It’s a time of my life that will always mean something to me because it gave me the foundation on which to decide what I wanted to do as a profession – Jess Hinds

Having finished her year abroad, Jess went back to Liverpool for the final year of her course feeling confident in wanting to further her academic pursuits to doing a masters degree. After graduation, she went on to do an MA in Interpreting and Translating at the University of Salford, and has since been gaining experience and pursuing her career in translation until being offered a job in Valencia this year.

Jess maintains that it was her lecturers at Liverpool showing such dedication and enthusiasm in their academic fields which inspired her to work harder at her studies and develop a career in languages.