NZTC is proud to introduce a member of our multicultural staff

NZTC is proud to introduce a member of our multicultural staff

Date
Nov
13
20191113

Her name is Mathilde Ferreria and she has a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation. She has joined our project management team one year ago and is making a mark with her efficiency and passion for language and communications. Here is her story.

1.- Tell us about your life, where are you from and your background.

I’m French, born and raised in the Champagne region (North Eastern part of France) and I’ve come to New Zealand to ‘live life my way’, and discover a whole new world. I was always good at school, but then found myself being interested only in English lessons. I’m outgoing and love having good times with others, enjoying food and just being myself, a real “bon vivante”, you might say.

2.- When did you arrive to New Zealand and why you chose this country?

I arrived in Wellington in January 2018, just a few days after celebrating New Years’ Eve in France with friends. New Zealand wasn’t actually a choice, it’s rather something I’ve always had in mind ever since I was a teenager. I felt the urge to travel and discover new things even when I was a kid, and ever since then I have been determined to set foot everywhere I can. I have spent time in about 10 countries, but New Zealand has been the furthest from my familiar reality, no doubt about it, and the best destination so far. I hate clichés, but I have to admit that the Lord of the Rings films helped nurture my admiration for New Zealand and its landscape.

3.- Have you met  French community in New Zealand.

One of the funniest things I remember from my very first days here was telling my partner that there were way too many French people here, which I found a bit off-putting … I mean, imagine travelling 20,000 kilometres from your home and meeting a bunch of French people on your first week, it can be annoying, in a funny sort of way. I guess I was hoping to hear people speaking everything but French, I didn’t expect to come across so many Frogs here. To be honest, I didn’t know there was such a big French community. I worked with several French people as a barista, but I felt that most of the people I met were passing through, or did not plan to stay for long.

4.- What do you like to do in your spare time, any hobbies?

I think my favourite thing to do whenever I have spare time is definitely to head off to the beach (and sunbathe when the weather allows it). To me, living in a city with the sea and the beach just a 5 minute walk away from the city centre is a luxury. Otherwise I love to go for a stroll or a run along the waterfront.

5.- How long have you been working at NZTC and what do you like most about your work?

I’ve been working at NZTC for 5 months now, even if seems like more than a year. What I like most in what I do is definitely the chance to work with all the languages in the world, or at least the range of languages that come across my desk. I think this is an amazing opportunity, and I’m always looking forward to learn new things and experiencing new languages.

6.- What do you think is your best contribution to NZTC based on your skills and abilities?

I would say my past work experience and having French as my native language. I used to work in the commercial and service sectors, and also in the translation area, and French is my mother tongue, so I would say my best assets for the company are my diversified career path and my multitasking skills.

7.- Do you have any other interests or projects for the near future?

Making the most of my experiences, enjoying life even more, and travelling!