[email protected]: An Interview with Candida, Content and Blog Editor
Occupation: Content Editor
Mother Tongue: English/Portuguese
How many languages do you speak?
Three, if anyone is feeling generous about my level of French. Luckily, thanks to the Portuguese and French, I can generally read Spanish and Italian, as long as it’s not too complicated.
What made you learn a second language and how did you learn it?
I didn’t have a choice! I was raised in both Portuguese in English. When I first started speaking, when people would speak to me in English, I’d respond in Portuguese. It wasn’t that exciting growing up bilingual because lots of people around me were, but now I think it was very useful and kind of fun.
How have your language skills helped your career?
Because of the kind of work I do, it makes things a lot easier and quicker when I can read some of the languages that our websites and blogs are written in. They say that being bilingual means you think more critically, too, so I’m sure that’s helped!
What is your experience of living abroad, what was/is your favorite thing about it?
I’m from the US originally, and live in the UK now, and it’s been good so far - I think one of the most enjoyable parts of living in Europe is the ability to travel between different countries. I’ve also always loved learning about different cultures and the different experiences people have, so this opportunity has definitely helped with that.
What brought you to Kaplan?
Originally I started with Kaplan as a tutor for Test Preparation in the US, and I was looking to gain some experience in English teaching and pick up a rewarding side-job. I ended up finding out about the marketing job with Kaplan in London, and decided to go for it.
What did you do before working at Kaplan?
My background is journalism and writing, and I have been tutoring people since I was relatively young.
What do you like the most about your job?
I love being able to write about interesting topics for the blog, including grammar and English, because I’m a nerd! I also love getting to work with so many fun and interesting people, they definitely make the tough days much more fun. (You know, like that last day before a long vacation…)
Which one is your favorite Kaplan destination and why?
That’s tough! If someone wants to send me to all of them so I can judge properly, then I’ll get back to you…
What is the best thing about working in such an international environment?
Having so many friends around the world to ask for advice when traveling! Seriously, though, it’s great to work with people who have different perspectives on things and who have different foods, TV shows, languages… it makes for a very interesting day to day experience.
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, writing about cooking, reading about cooking and photography (not just of cooking). I also like to travel (but who doesn’t) and finding the most interesting places and lesser-known wherever I live.
Tell us about a funny thing that happened to you recently (ex. On the tube, at home, while on a day/night out, etc)?
Well, it’s not the funniest story in the world, but it’s happened to me twice in two weeks, so it’s recent, at least. I love running into people I haven’t seen in a while, especially when it’s in a big city like New York at home or here in London. It seems almost impossible to imagine that among the millions of people in a city, that you could ever accidentally run into someone, but I love the coincidence of it and the opportunity to catch up with people.