Another Paper newbie!
Introducing drum roll…ME
Hi! My name is Beth and I’m joining Paper as a Delivery Manager.
What does that mean? Well, I’m not 100% sure yet, but the term ‘sh*t umbrella’ has been thrown around, which I find quite amusing. Essentially, I will facilitate the team during projects in any way that I can to ensure smooth delivery, as well as coach the team in Agile ways of working… once I figure out what that is.
A bit about my background
I initially did a BA in languages (French, German & Spanish) at the University of Sheffield. I then worked for a year as a Translation Project Manager for a localisation company in Sheffield, which gave me a lot of useful project and time management skills. I also did some freelance translation, proofreading and transcription on the side.
My next decision was to go back to Sheffield University to do a Masters in Screen Translation (Advanced Translation & Subtitling). My dissertation focused on the field of Creative Subtitling - a subtitling technique that rejects the ‘one size fits all’ approach of conventional subtitling. Instead, the subtitles are bespoke and tailored to the style of the video to compliment its visuals for a more engaging and enjoyable viewing experience.
I discovered that this technique had the potential to be a viable alternative to the conventional method, but it didn’t really exist as an official practice, so when I graduated I decided to start a creative subtitling company - SUBTXT Creative.
How I met Paper
This led to how I first met Paper. I had no idea how to start a business, so I started attending Sheffield’s wonderful range of free business workshops and mentoring schemes, one of which was legup.social. They helped me to focus and refine my business idea, as well as prepare for big scary pitches, like at the BBC. Here’s a picture of me having a great time at the last session I attended 😆:
Applying for the job…
A few months ago, I decided that I would like to gain more experience in the digital sector. I saw Paper’s job ad on Twitter for a ‘Job with no title’, which was intriguing. Usually, I’d see a title like ‘Delivery Manager’ and assume that I didn’t have enough experience. However, Paper’s application process gave me the confidence to have a go, lay out all my relevant skills and allow Paper to see if I would be a good fit within their team. I thought it was a long shot as I have no background in UX, but thankfully they thought differently and suggested the role of Delivery Manager 😊🎉
First few weeks at Paper
I’ve been here for a couple of weeks now, and it’s been great. I’ve never worked anywhere with such lovely people and lovely values. During a recent Paper branding session, I noted down everything that made me enjoy being at Paper and I think this list sums it up best:
- Flexible working hours (it’s so nice not to be punished for being 2 mins late)
- Access to good food and drink (Kommune!)
- A nice working space (lots of plants, natural light, comfortable chairs & music I can choose)
- Informal and relaxed working atmosphere
- Being around nice, genuine people
- Working collaboratively
- Feeling supported
- Being heard, valued and respected
- Able to be self-organising and trusted to do the work
- Having a laugh
- Going out & bonding as a team
- Freedom to learn and develop - Paper has a cool initiative called Research & Development where you can spend 20% of your time working on your own project, with Paper’s support.
Let’s do this!
I am suuuuper keen to get started and learn some new stuff. I’m very grateful that Paper have given me a chance to explore a new industry (and getting out of the post-graduation pit of despair feels good ngl).
I think for my R&D, I might look into ‘Accessible Filmmaking’ (exploring how filmmakers can collaborate with accessibility experts to ensure accessibility needs are considered from the beginning of the filmmaking process), or perhaps do some user research for creative subtitling as a service.
But most importantly, my next goal is to get a dog… perhaps an office dog 😏 #PaperPuppy #WatchThisSpace