Working as an interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross: Workshop on Thursday 2nd June 2016


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in an area of armed conflict?

Is working for a humanitarian organisation something that appeals to you?

Do you want the chance to do something really life changing using your language skills?

We know a lot of SOAS students are highly motivated and driven to make the world we live in a better place. Whether through influencing policy, contributing to prevailing issues through academic research or embarking on a career within an NGO there is no end to the engagement that we see from our students.

Here at the SOAS Careers Service we’re really keen to expose our students to the amazing opportunities on offer. To do this we work closely with organisations from across all sectors.

One of our most cherished relationships is with Liz Harris a SOAS alum who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.

Liz is always keen to return to campus to meet our fantastic students and will be running her flagship workshop “Interpreting in War: Working as an interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross” on Thursday 2 nd June 2016 at 09:30am.

If you’re studying Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bahasa Indonesian, Bengali, Burmese, Dari/Farsi, Hausa, Khmer, Korean, Pashto, Sinhala, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Thai or Urdu/Hindi and would like to use your language working for a humanitarian organisation then apply for a place at this event.

This workshop will introduce you to the work of the ICRC and the principles of consecutive interpreting. You’ll learn about the realities faced by field interpreters through presentations and role-plays with seasoned ICRC staff and an interpreter and trainer from the International Criminal Court.

The International Committee of the Red Cross regularly recruits interpreters who play a crucial role in helping the ICRC to assist and protect civilians and non-combatants in armed conflict.

Applicants for the workshop should send a CV and cover letter to and by today, Friday 27 th May, listing their languages/level, as well as their motivation for attending.

Please note we have not yet received any applications so if you believe that you’ve applied please send your application over to us again.

We’re looking forward to receiving your applications!


Guest blog: Why should I consider working for a startup?

Please note that the views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not those of SOAS Careers Service. If you consider this content to be in breach of the SOAS values, please alert


It might come as a surprise to many to learn that the percentage of UK graduates who end up working for one of the well-known graduate employers is under 20%. Our recent research shows that there has been a significant shift in the type of role that graduates seek when they leave university, with over 50% of recent graduates now wanting to work for startups.

So, why are graduates moving away from traditional roles and what opportunities can startups offer to them?

You’ll receive a huge education – Working in a smaller company means that you’ll gain a real insight into how a business truly operates. You’ll also be given the chance to try on a lot of different hats as, being part of a small team, you’ll most likely be required to be involved in all aspects of the company – this is great if you are still making your mind up about what you’d like to do after university.

You’ll have responsibility from the word go Working in a small team means that there’ll probably be nobody else in the company with the same skill set as you or doing the same thing as you. You’ll be given freedom to explore and bring to life your own ideas. It also means that you’ll be an integral part of the team, which is pretty amazing for a recent graduate.

Youll really have an impact  – The high level of responsibility you’ll have means that you’ll really be able to see the value of your own footprint. This is not only very exciting but also incredibly rewarding! And your hard work and successes will definitely not go unnoticed.

Youll learn from true innovators – Working so closely with the founders of a startup gives you a unique opportunity to soak up all their knowledge and experience. Exposure like this is especially useful if you think you might like to start your own business one day.

Youll work in a great environment – Аt a startup up you get to know your co-workers very well very quickly! The atmosphere is relaxed (you can wear what you want and there is little or no hierarchy), but you can rest assured that there will never be a dull moment. At a startup up you are really encouraged to be yourself in order to realise your full potential.

Working at a startup presents you with an amazing opportunity to grow both personally and professionally – a great starting point for those of you straight out of uni. Of course, this does not mean that working for a startup is for everyone… But, to put it simply, if you like the sound of a fast-paced, energetic and creative work environment where you’ll get to try and learn about lots of new things then it’s probably for you!

For more information and exciting career opportunities in startups & SMEs, check out our website 

 Guest blog by: Sophie (Head of Marketing at TalentPool)

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Jo Cooper