Alumna Webinar: A Career as an Interpreter at the United Nations


A love of travel and a passion for modern foreign languages led an Abbey alumna to her ‘dream career’ working as an interpreter for The United Nations. 

For the latest in our series of Abbey Alumnae Webinars, connecting classrooms to careers, Rebecca Wallen (2002), joined students from her home in New York on Monday to share her career story, which included translating at a meeting of the UN Security Council after the coup in Mali. Rebecca told students “it was my teachers who instilled the passion in me to do what I do today”. 

Head of Modern Languages, Frau Byrne said “everyone found Rebecca’s career exceptionally interesting and was fascinated to hear about her recurrent work as an interpreter in New York. We were inspired by her talk and students are now aspiring to take on this dream job at the UN using the languages they have learnt at The Abbey.”

Rebecca’s Career Highlights:
French & Spanish MA (Hons) at Edinburgh University
Corporate lawyer, Paris
Postgraduate diploma, Conference Interpreting
Freelance interpreter, United Nations

The next in the series of Abbey Alumnae Webinars will consider a career in publishing & journalism with author & BBC international correspondent, Joanna Jolly, on 7  March.

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