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Alumni and mentors

Meet the TCLoc Alumni

Being a part of the TCLoc community doesn’t end at graduation — that’s just the beginning. Alumni are an essential part of the TCLoc program as they provide valuable feedback, share success stories, and contribute greatly to TCLoc’s spirit of solidarity. Even after our students finish the program, we like to stay in touch with them and support them as they continue to achieve their goals.

Connecting and Networking

Above all, TCLoc alumni treasure the connections that they’ve made with their peers and instructors. In addition to the live sessions that students have together during the program, they also benefit from multiple opportunities to meet in person and network at events organized by the TCLoc Team as well as TCLoc’s partners. The on-campus meetings, for example, are much-anticipated events during which TCLoc students get to know each other, exchange ideas and experiences, and create new friendships that continue on even after they graduate.

What TCLoc has brought them

Besides the interpersonal aspect, TCLoc alumni greatly value the program’s up-to-date and practical content as well as the skills and knowledge of tools that it provides. Their favorite course topics include project management and web languages and tools. As many of our students work or will go on to work as project managers in TCLoc-related fields, the courses that teach project management methodologies, strategies, and tools are very relevant and helpful. Although it is not the most prominent aspect of the program, students also found learning markup and programming languages, such as XML and JavaScript, very useful and are able to put this knowledge into practice.

“Learning about interesting domains such as project management, SEO and UX engineering has been valuable in my career as a technical writer. They have also opened new opportunities and possibilities for me.”

Maryland Sara, Technical writer

“Learning about interesting domains such as project management, SEO and UX engineering has been valuable in my career as a technical writer. They have also opened new opportunities and possibilities for me.”

Maryland Sara, Technical writer

Where they are now

After finishing their studies, our alumni find that the TCLoc master’s degree gives them more work opportunities and widens their range of career options. They have been able to change positions or be promoted in their current companies. Some even change companies or fields entirely. Overall, they often experience an increase in their responsibilities and their income. To help alumni continue to stay current on developments in TCLoc-related fields, we offer the possibility to enroll in certain extra courses that may have been updated or added to the program after they graduate.

TCLoc Mentoring Program

During our on-campus meeting in November 2019, two of our students conceived the idea of a mentoring program for TCLoc, which would provide current students with extra support and guidance during their studies. They volunteered themselves to be the program’s first mentors once they graduated. Since then, other TCLoc alumni have responded to the idea with enthusiasm and have also committed to being available to answer questions and share insights with current TCLoc students. We wholeheartedly welcome and thank our alumni’s initiative and generosity. It is truly the perfect example of the sense of community and solidarity that we have sought to foster since the creation of the program.

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Hanna-Katharina MEYER
Germany
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I have been a freelance technical translator for English, Swedish, and Danish into German since 2012.

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My daily tasks involve software localization as well as translation and post-edition of online help, manuals, and various technical documents. With TCLoc, I have been able to broaden my knowledge, enhance my skill set, and develop new passions. I have met like-minded and inspiring people, some of whom have become friends. My last year in the TCLoc program was one of the hardest, yet also one of the most enriching. Know that there are no stupid questions. I am always happy to help and share my experiences. The other mentors and I will do our best to guide you in the right direction.

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Maiken BLOK-WAHLGREEN
Denmark
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I work at a PSA software company in Copenhagen, Denmark, and am responsible for language localization, UI translation, and technical and release documentation.

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They call me their language ninja. I speak Danish, English, and German fluently and I translate between these languages. The TCLoc program has given me valuable knowledge, which I have not been able to find anywhere else. The combination of theory, exercises, and knowledgeable instructors was the perfect match for me. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone — all the mentors have been through the same program as you and we know exactly how you feel. I am always happy to pass on some advice and positive vibes.

Become a TCLoc Mentor

If you are a TCLoc alumnus, you can volunteer to support current TCLoc students by sharing your own experience with the program! Once you become a mentor, you commit to remaining available and responsive to current students who need motivation and guidance. Becoming a TCLoc mentor is a great way to share knowledge and skills and make a difference for those who follow in your footsteps.

Want to become a TCLoc mentor?