19/06/2018, by CLAS

Work experience with Bell Tent Boutique

Languages for Business is a university-based project that offers language skills and intercultural expertise to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, primarily via student placements. But of course, it’s not just beneficial for the businesses…

The scheme has provided students with the opportunity to put their language skills into practice in a real-world context and boost their CVs, providing support in a number of ways, including translation, market research, marketing and language and etiquette training.

One of the businesses benefitting from our students’ language skills is Bell Tent Boutique, an online glamping store. Carina, a German Studies student, helped them to translate their website. This is what she had to say:

“As part of this placement I have improved my resilience and communication skills. I feel that having this experience will allow me stand out to employers when I graduate and it has given me a taste of what it is like to apply translation skills learned in lectures to a business. I would highly recommend this placement to anyone wishing to put their language skills into practice.”

Shana, who is studying for her MA in Chinese/English translating and interpreting also worked at Bell Tent Boutique and said:

“The placement is really a great opportunity for me to apply what I’ve learnt during my course. I got the chance to translate the products from English into Mandarin, help the local business to source for Chinese suppliers in China, and to practise my English communication skills. It’s really great to know how an online business is operated and I’m really glad that I took part in this placement which enabled me to improve my skills.”

Richard, a French and Hispanic studies student, has completed a placement at Vein Train. Vein Train are Venepuncture and Cannulation Training Specialists who work all over the country. Richard told me that:

“This placement was very useful to add to my experience in a professional context linked to something I’ve been studying. I’ve been able to gain more knowledge of networking and other fields, and I would definitely recommend doing such a placement in your final year.”


Written by: Charlotte Byrne (BA German and English)

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