Graduate Profile


Robert Kirk


School: School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics

Campus: Canterbury

As a student of French and English Language and Communication at CCCU, I was offered the opportunity to complete an Erasmus+ placement at l’Université Catholique de Lille. During my time there, I was responsible for the international students in my residence and completed a full-time internship in June, working as an International Relations assistant and translating the course catalogue for prospective students. After returning to CCCU, I completed a dissertation comparing different translations of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and translation remained my preferred area of study.

It was unexpected, but I graduated with first class honours from CCCU thanks to the excellent programme offered and the support I received. Given this success, I decided to continue my studies and enrolled at the University of Sheffield on the Translation Studies MA course. Here, I studied the translation of many different genres, as well as International Project Management. While doing my MA, I worked at a software company as a Multilingual Agent, working with colleagues in France to set up contracts between the UK and France with regards to technical support and contracts. Here, I translated, assisted in meetings between France and England, and oversaw deliveries, projects and technological endeavours in France.

Now, having completed my studies, I am training to be an MFL teacher of French and Spanish, for 11-19-year olds. While I loved my time in industry, it is clear to me that it’s the learning of languages that drives me and sharing my enthusiasm for languages on a daily basis is extremely fulfilling. I am on my second placement and set to receive my Qualified Teaching Status in July, meaning I’ll start my first teaching job in September 2018. 


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