This series of posts was inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, which I’ve been reading for quite some time and thoroughly enjoy. It’s about time we discover how our colleagues work and get to know them a little better.
If you want to participate in this fun series, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Word template where you can fill in your answers & bio (incl. site/blog/social media) and then send it back to us as an attachment along with your photo (optional but preferred). If you don’t like any of the questions, just delete them and add your own. Check out the previous interviews here.
Location: Patra, Greece
Desired location: Home sweet Home (I am happy where I am as long as I have the chance to travel sometimes 🙂
Current work title: Translator/Proofreader, Translation Agency Owner
Languages you have studied or currently speak: Greek, English, Russian, Ukrainian (the last two are my native languages)
The project you’re most proud of: Now I am currently working on a huge project Discover Greece. I am proud to be a part of the team that helps promote Greece as a beautiful and promising country for tourists from all over the world
Your current computer setup: PC and laptop
Do you own a smartphone? No, I am one of those few people who still use their mobile phone only for making calls and texting messages 🙂
Favorite time of the day: Early in the morning when everybody is still sleeping and I can enjoy a cup of tea while preparing for another busy working day
Favorite gadget (apart from computer & smartphone): My E-book where I download books and read them whenever I have some free time
How many hours per day do you usually work: about 8 hours
Are you an early-riser or a night-owl? Depends…If I have a strong motivation to get up early, I will do it with a great pleasure, otherwise I prefer night flights 🙂
What do you listen to while you work? Nothing, music distracts me
And a few non-work related questions to get more personal.
Your babies or pets, incl. names and ages: I have a wonderful daughter Ariadni, 2 dogs Ermis and Paris, and a cat named Sonia (which in Russian means “sleepyhead”)
Next city/country you want to visit: Rome
Favorite vacation place: It is always a different place, I love exploring something new every time
Favorite book: Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
What are you currently reading? The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Elena Vasilatos: I am certified Greek to Russian translator, originally from Ukraine, specializing in legal and tourism fields of translation. I studied in Kiev and got my degree in linguistics and a certification in translation. While still studying I had a chance to work at the Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in Ukraine. After graduation, I moved to Greece and continued working as a freelance translator, cooperating with a number of translation agencies as well as direct clients. Soon it became obvious that the amount of work is a bit overwhelming for me, so I contacted some of my colleagues, we put together our efforts and made a strong and professional team of translators. One year ago, I managed to open a translation agency, specializing in Greek to Russian translations, and now our team is working there on a regular basis. You can find me online at www.linguamost.gr