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SLC alumna Dan Li
Dan Li
PhD student
MA Translation Studies
Dan has had a successful career in translation and education after completing her MA at Sheffield.
SLC alumna Dan Li

What is your current role and your main responsibilities?

PhD in education at the University of Exeter (researching L2 motivation, gender and career choices)

Please summarise your overall career since graduation, but in particular, what was your first relevant role to the area in which you work now and how did you secure that position?

After graduation, I worked as a translator in Leeds for about 2 years. Then I went back to China and taught English for 5 years in Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Campus.

How has your qualification helped you in your career?

It helped me get the interview opportunities for jobs in the UK and back at home, and prepared me for the skills needed for my career.

Which modules did you enjoy the most and why?

Translation Technologies. It is very practical and helpful. I also learnt how to localise the website from source language to target language.

How has studying these modules helped you in your day-to-day work? Please give an example.

I gained a deeper understanding about translation and the English language. It helped me secure jobs in translation and education (translating in UK companies and teaching in Chinese university).

What is an average day like for you in your current role?

I would be busy with my conducting PhD research and doing my postgraduate teaching associate job.

What do you think is the most exciting thing you've done as part of your current role?

Being the PhD student rep and starting a Equality Diversity Inclusion Special Interest Group.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Teaching for 5 years and coaching students for various competitions (winning many awards).

What advice would you give to current students who are interested in pursuing a career in your field?

Be hardworking, efficient and proactive.

What were your previous academic qualifications?

BA in English Linguistics and Literature, MA in Translation Studies, PhD in Education.

What were your career aspirations when you were younger?

Teaching and researching in academia.

What impact has attending University had on you?

It opened doors to more opportunities for me and prepared me for my desired career.

What advice would you give to young people considering University?

The University of Sheffield has a lot to offer. Try and make the full use of the resources you have at the university and be proactive.

Why did you choose Sheffield? / What sets Sheffield apart from other Universities?

The university ranking and reputation. I also like the subject Translation Studies there.

What other elements of University life/extra-curricular activities helped you to achieve success?

I was engaged in being a student rep, student ambassador, student union volunteer, teaching Chinese in the intercultural festival. The university has many different student associations and a lot to offer.

What did you most enjoy about your time at Sheffield?

The kind and helpful staff and well designed courses. Number one student union in the UK. The friendly South Yorkshire culture.

Why would you recommend the University of Sheffield as a good place to study?

The university has a lot to offer, including the 24/7 library, the number one student union, and the top 100 ranking.

In one sentence, how would you describe the impact Sheffield had on your career and life after University?

Positive, long lasting, significant.

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