It’s late in the season for the first newsletter, but the launch of STP’s new website at the beginning of April absorbed most of our creative resources in Q1. The content in those pages is the work of a fantastic team pooling their insight, passion and linguistic talent for the benefit of our clients and suppliers. The same goes for this issue of Icebreaker.
Anna-Leena Hilli joined STP as an intern in June 2013 and was offered a full-time position as a project coordinator shortly afterwards. She decided to apply to STP after Raisa and Anu visited the University of Helsinki to give a talk about project management and she realised that the skills they were listing for a PM described her own skills, and that the examples they were giving of typical working days and projects sounded like her dream job. Anna-Leena loves being part of the project management team because it incorporates everything she enjoys doing and allows her to play to her strengths – managing people and projects as well as engaging in linguistic and technical tasks. She enjoys the challenge of taking all those things into consideration and deciding the best way to handle a project from the point of view of both the translators and the client.
Originally from the very small town of Alahärmä in Southern Ostrobothnia, Anna-Leena studied English translation at the University of Helsinki, where she also minored in Finnish and Dutch, the latter of which she considers to be one of the most random – and best – decisions she has ever made. She was awarded her MA in December 2013 after completing her thesis while working full-time – a feat which represents a good example of Finnish sisu, a word which is difficult to translate but generally encompasses the virtues of determination, bravery and resilience.
Recently Anna-Leena has become more and more interested in the IT side of translation. She enjoys learning new things, and was therefore excited to notice that she has started picking up Norwegian and Danish and understanding them better thanks to her second strongest foreign language after English being Swedish.
In her spare time, Anna-Leena enjoys playing video games, reading both fiction and non-fiction and keeping fit, with her next big goal being the Isle of Wight Challenge. She also has a complicated love-hate relationship with her guitar, which she has been playing since she was 10 years old.