Rob McGillis, CAS Class of 2011, shares some insights into his career at TransPerfect, a leader in global language and business solutions.
I studied Economics, Romance Languages, and Arabic at NYU (with time abroad in Madrid and Beirut), and graduated in May, 2011. My interests have always been deeply tied to foreign languages, international affairs, and the global economy. After searching far and wide for a job that interested me, I luckily found TransPerfect on NYU’s CareerNet. My starting position as Project Coordinator in our Life Sciences group had me interacting with linguists all around the world within days. I was able to use my linguistic skills to communicate with many of them in their native languages, and build strong relationships. Over time, my ability to establish a unique rapport with our linguistic teams became a clear strength and passion, as well as the major area in which I could add the most value to my career and the company. Without the language skills I obtained at NYU, I would have not succeeded so quickly in this international environment. Learning a foreign language inherently requires one to adapt to different cultures and styles of communication, even in English. This helped me juggle the different backgrounds of my linguists as well as those of my colleagues.
It was not long before I was approached to consider a position in our Vendor Management team – one in which my interests and strengths are more integral to my work day and overall career than ever before. I jumped on the opportunity, and have been in that department ever since. I spend each day in communication with our current linguists, assisting them with whatever their needs may be, in addition to recruiting and testing new linguists to help expand our capabilities and resources to every corner of the globe. Ultimately, my managers did not see me just as a “Project Coordinator”, but rather, as “Rob”, and because of that they worked with me to build a career that is best suited for me, in a field which also benefits the company immensely. I am currently writing this blog from TransPerfect’s Tel Aviv office – the opportunity to travel is always present because we have so many offices around the globe. I have yet to hear my peers speak of a company that invests as much in development of the individual as TransPerfect. If you have an interest in international business, have an innovative side, want to be challenged and work hard, this is the place for you, and who knows where it will take you!