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Interview with Ráhel Németh, our Junior Project Manager

Németh Nikolett
November 16, 2017

Dear Reader,

Once again it is time to add to our series of interviews, in which we present new staff members, because new people have recently joined the project management and DTP teams. The first "victim" is Ráhel Németh, a junior project manager, and we asked her about office life, her hobbies and her plans.

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Please tell us a little about how you came to join the Language Experts Group team!

I saw the job advertisement on the ELTE Translator and Interpreter course mailing list and applied. As I had previously planned to try myself out as a project manager, I was very happy about it, but since then I have become even more pleased to be here.

What's your position in the company? Tell us about what you do!

I am a junior project manager, and as such I communicate with vendors under the supervision of my project manager, I do the tasks that we can do in-house during a project, but not DTP work. I help maintain the translation memories, read through the finished texts, and keep track of the deadlines.

Before you started working here, what was the most unusual or most interesting job you had?

I was an assistant in a National Academic Research Programme, but it sounds more unusual than it really was. Apart from that I had the usual student jobs, such as working as a hostess on a sightseeing bus and as a journalist, as I have a qualification for that.

What has been your greatest challenge to date during your work as project manager?

Being patient with myself and the process.

On my second day I already expected that I would be able to comprehend the entire process as a system immediately and know everything without having to ask.

And what happened eventually: did you understand everything or were you patient?

In the end it was something in between; luckily I learn fast, so every day I am a little less frustrated about still having to ask about so many things, but I have also made peace with the fact that I still have to ask my more experienced colleagues about things.

What's the first thing you do after getting to the office?

I put the sour cream into the fridge. Then I check my e-mails and think about what are the most urgent things that need doing, what projects I am dealing with that day, and what short tasks I need to do before I start something longer, and then I do them. I usually have my breakfast before the first longer job.

If you could be any imaginary character, who would you choose?

Octavia Blake in the series The 100, but this probably doesn't say much to most people.

What do you like doing in your free time?

I sing in a choir, I go to private singing lessons and act in an amateur theatre company; I do Zumba, voluntary work, and if I have any time in addition to this I like to spend it with my friends.

However clichéd it sounds, I really like to talk about the big things in life while drinking a cup of tea or hot chocolate.

I like to go to the theatre and the cinema, I like hiking, and if I spend a few hours alone, which is rare being a social person, I like to read or watch a TV series.

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Tell us a little about your long-term career plans!

In the future I want to do work that I enjoy seeing through and demands planning and organisation, because it is while doing things like this that I am at my best. My vision is to have a job in which I feel that I am directly helping, that what I do is useful, to society as well, and which I can make a living from; at the moment I get this from voluntary work.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

This changes from time to time; at the moment I would like to do something that's not in an office, where I deal with people, such as a paragliding trainer. I don't know how to paraglide, but I've tried it a few times, and I always thought how exciting it would be to be a trainer. Or I would also like to be a tourist guide; I had planned to do this in the past. It would be ideal for just one day, as it would be a little monotonous saying the same thing every day.

What traits do you appreciate in others?

I'll give you just a few examples: honesty, respect for others, openness, enthusiasm and helpfulness.

What is the best book you have ever read?

Maybe The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson. Over the past few years, the subject of social psychology has interested me the most.

What three words would you use to describe the LEG team?

Friendly, inclusive and problem-solving.

And yourself?

Oh no, I don't like to describe myself in short or say anything in short at all, let's say: lively, honest and enthusiastic.