Veritas Language Solutions Ltd

Sharon Stephens

veritas sharon Why did you decide to study at Swansea University?

I am from Swansea and have a young family here, I was very thankful that the Translation degree was available otherwise I would not be where I am today.

What did you enjoy most about your course at Swansea?

Firstly meeting Rachel; we are a great team now and were in university. I also found out how capable I was academically. In school I was told that I didn’t have much capacity for languages – how wrong they were.

What are you doing now career-wise?

We are founders and Directors of Veritas Language Solutions Ltd, a multi-award winning and internationally renowned company, all in less than three years. We play a key role in helping companies to import/export their goods or services internationally and we boast that we are the only translation company run by professional linguists.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

On the whole, the primary theme of challenges during our first two years has been to 'prove ourselves’ as successful businesswomen in quite a niche industry, and to educate businesses of their need for quality language services and the value of exploring new markets overseas.

What are the most rewarding parts of your job?

Employing staff from Swansea University and seeing them develop; Winning large contracts and seeing businesses flourish; Being able to put into practice everything we learned from our degree; The company’s progress from a dining room table to an internationally recognised business in less than 2 years – a great feeling.

How has Swansea University and your course helped you with your chosen career path?

It is our deep understanding of the translation industry gained through our degree that has allowed us to identify the areas in which other companies fall short and to lead our company to success. Rachel’s current research, as part of the Masters degree that she is studying for, is also helping her to gain further insight into the problems that face translators in the modern world of international communication.

What was the best careers advice you were given?

My Spanish lecturer, Patricia Rodriguez gave me some fantastic advice and pointed me in the right direction. Careers advice told me to go into teaching but I had my mind set on running a Translation and Interpreting company. Patricia was very encouraging and very helpful and I will never ever forget it.

What advice do you have for new graduates and undergraduates?

Undergraduates start preparing for when you graduate as soon as possible as it comes around quickly and in your third year – stay ahead of the game and get your assignments in quickly – don’t leave things until last minute. Graduates don’t expect a job to come up and bite you! You have to chase them and your CV must be accurate. Also, go for your dream and never think you won’t get that job or placement, have confidence in your abilities.

What are your plans for the future?

‘Word’ Domination! We are confident that Veritas’ expansion will continue, and hope to open satellite offices across Europe and in Asia. We are also aiming for the company to branch out into new areas of language services, such as cultural training.

What have you done that you are most proud of?

Achieving my First Class honours (and having a baby in the middle, suffering from pre-eclampsia and other illnesses so I could hardly walk); My two children and marriage; Becoming the Welsh Senior Tennis Champion (Singles and Doubles) when I was 17.

And finally, describe yourself in 3 words…

Determined, competitive, passionate