Daniela Berndt

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New employment opportunity

In 08/1999, on the occasion of my documentary research activities, which I was carrying out from home, where I had set up my « second office », I came across a job offer for a « Localization Project Manager » position to be filled in Los Angeles, as I was browsing through job descriptions as part of the benchmarking phase of my audit. The offer was posted on the website of Bowne Global Solutions, a subsidiary of the Bowne & Co. company, headquartered in New York.

Since I was curious about the perception of my own profile in this area, I decided to email an application, to which the recruiting agent answered that the position had just been filled, but that my resume would be kept for other such opportunities. Indeed, I was contacted in 09/1999 by the offices of Los Angeles, Paris and Munich for a similar position in Munich, with a possible future relocation to the United States. From « let's see what happens », I quickly migrated over to « why not? ».

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Cross-functional HRM mission

Audit of the translation perimeter, until early 2000:
  • Pre-audit pertaining to translation management reengineering (at Group level).
  • PM focus on transversal auditing: information and knowledge management, benchmarking, counseling, training.
  • Presentation of related results to the CEO.
Within the context of this project:
  • I expanded my knowledge of business computing: MS Windows NT4 (Office 97, Outlook Express); IBM Lotus Smart Suite Millennium, Lotus Notes 4.6.
  • I studied myself into Computer Assisted Translation and software localization: TRADOS Translator's Workbench, IBM TranslationManager, ATRIL Déjà Vu, STAR Transit.
  • In 08/1999, I took part in the XVth World Congress of the International Federation of Translators in Belgium.
  • In 09/1999, I participated in an advanced training seminar on Computer Assisted Translation, organized by the Department of Applied Linguistics of Saarland University.
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New market opportunities

Upon return, I would lay the ground for an exploration of the European translation market, and within this context:
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Leisure trip to the United States

…15 days off, at last!

On the agenda:
  • One week in Washington D.C.
  • One week in New York City.
  • B&B accomodation.
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Gulliver's Travels (Syndrom)

As of 08/1998, within the context of the preparation of an upcoming leisure trip to the United States, I considered the possibility to work as a sworn translator with an embassy. Which I eliminated, once on the spot, in favor of the "I'd rather take two weeks off" scenario.Continue reading

New exploratory phase

The delivery of my master’s thesis, eight months after I entered active life, would mark the beginning of a new practical exploratory phase, during which I would assess the professional perspectives in the area of language services. For the same reason as at the beginning of my studies, I crossed-out the "international organization" scenario for good.

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  • https://lifefolio.daniela-berndt.foundation/en/journey/files/category-future-pending.html.
  • https://lifefolio.daniela-berndt.foundation/en/journey/files/category-the-net-1-2-3.html.
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First indefinite-term contract

First indefinite-term contract of employment with the International Division of the Royal Canin Group (resigned in 03/2000).

My mission, as an International Division Assistant:
  • Operational interface between the International Division and its expatriated Area Managers.
  • PM focus on information management as applied to international trade.
  • Organization of international seminars.
  • User environment: IBM Lotus Smart Suite (WordPro, 1-2-3, Freelance Graphics).
  • Reporting (Business Performance Management): Comshare Commander Prism.
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Return to the South of France

Settled in Aigues-Mortes, in the Gard (30) department.Continue reading

Eleventh semester of academic studies

Last semester (on the job) dedicated (after office hours) to my master's thesis, as an integral part of the examinations closing the cycle of specialization.

Civilization study on corporate culture, with a special focus on:
  • Corporate identity: planning, conducting and debriefing interviews.
  • Cross-cultural management: relations between the Group's headquarters and its German subsidiary.
  • User environments: IBM (at the office) and Microsoft (when working at home).
  • Place of work: Royal Canin Group headquarters in F-34400 Lunel; with one trip to the Group's German subsidiary in Cologne.
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Tenth semester of academic studies

Summer semester of 1997, entirely dedicated to the preparation of the final examinations closing my second academic cycle, which I successfully passed in 09-10/1997.

In 08/1997, third internship (of one month) as an International Division Trainee at the Royal Canin Group:
  • User environment: IBM Lotus Smart Suite (WordPro, 1-2-3, Freelance Graphics).
  • Parties to the internship agreement: Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken, and the Royal Canin Group in F-34400 Lunel.
  • Place of work: export sales administration of the Royal Canin production site in F-30470 Aimargues.
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Ninth semester of academic studies

  • Winter semester of 1996/97, entirely dedicated to the preparation of my preliminary examinations in economic sciences (business administration and economics), which I successfully passed in 03/1997.
  • Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken.
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Eighth semester of academic studies

At the end of the summer semester of 1996, second internship of two months (07 & 08/1996) as an International Division Trainee at the Royal Canin Group:
  • User environment: IBM Lotus Smart Suite (WordPro, 1-2-3, Freelance Graphics).
  • Parties to the internship agreement: Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken, and the Royal Canin Group in F-34400 Lunel.
  • Place of work: Royal Canin Group headquarters in F-34400 Lunel.
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Seventh semester of academic studies

At the end of the winter semester of 1995/96, first three-month internship (02/1996-04/1996) as an International Division Trainee at the Royal Canin Group:
  • On-the-job learning of office automation: IBM Lotus Smart Suite (WordPro, 1-2-3, Freelance Graphics).
  • Parties to the internship agreement: Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken, and the Royal Canin Group in F-34400 Lunel.
  • Place of work: Royal Canin Group headquarters in F-34400 Lunel.
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Sixth semester of academic studies

  • Summer semester of 1995.
  • Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken.
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Earned my driver's license

  • In Lunel (Hérault department).
  • Obtained my license in 04/1995.
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Regular practice of leisure mountain biking

During my semester holidays in Marsillargues (Hérault department), until 1997.Continue reading

Fifth semester of academic studies

  • Winter semester of 1994/95.
  • Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken.
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Student job in the hotel business

  • Until 1994-08-31: operational management of a beach snack-bar.
  • Place of work: Hôtel de la Plage, F-34280 La Grande-Motte.
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Resumed regular practice of leisure swimming

In Saarbrücken-Dudweiler, until 1997.Continue reading

Fourth semester of academic studies

  • Summer semester of 1994.
  • Passed my "Vordiplom" (07/1994), which closes the first cycle of academic studies.
  • Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken.
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Taking up new secondary residence

My mother and her German companion relocate to Marsillargues in the Hérault (34) department, where I would spend my academic semester holidays (3 months in the winter, and another 3 in the summer), for the exception of examination periods (1997).Continue reading

Student job in the area of commerce

  • Assisted in all operational aspects of store management.
  • Until the end of 06/1996, at 10 hours per week during class periods.
  • Place of work: "Fröschengasse" in Saarbrücken, near the "St. Johanner Markt".
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Third semester of academic studies

  • Winter semester of 1993/94.
  • Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken.
  • Read also: https://lifefolio.daniela-berndt.foundation/en/journey/files/category-the-net-1-2-3.html.
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Student job in the area of guest housing

  • Until 1993-09-15: final operational finishing-of before the inauguration of a new building.
  • Place of work: "Hedwig-Dransfeld-Haus e.V.", D-56170 Bendorf (Rhineland-Palatinate).
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Second semester of academic studies

  • Summer semester of 1993.
  • Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken.
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Student job in the area of distribution

  • Until 1993-04-01: operational shelf management.
  • Place of work: "Havaria Verwertungsgesellschaft mbH" in Koblenz.
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Registered to the fitness course

At the faculty of sports of Saarland University, until 1996.Continue reading

First semester of academic studies

  • Winter semester of 1992/93.
  • Introduction to new technologies, mostly through the movies (such as Sneakers), and the American press (Time Magazine).
  • Used an electronic Panasonic KX-R196 typewriter for my translation works.
  • Saarland University, Department 8.6 of Applied Linguistics, D-66041 Saarbrücken.
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Entry into student life

Settled in D-66125 Saarbrücken-Dudweiler (State of Saarland), near the campus.Continue reading

Student job in the area of guest housing

  • Until 1992-09-03: maintenance of a youth hostel.
  • Place of work: "Hedwig-Dransfeld-Haus e.V.", D-56170 Bendorf (Rhineland-Palatinate).
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Entry into twelfth grade

  • School trip to Berlin (04/1992).
  • Passed the French baccalauréat with good distinction.
  • French Senior High School ("Lycée de Gaulle-Adenauer"), D-53113 Bonn (State of North Rhine-Westphalia).
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Entry into eleventh grade

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Regular practice of leisure swimming and fitness

In Koblenz, until late 1992.Continue reading

Registration to the water ski club

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Return to Germany

  • Settled in Koblenz (State of Rhineland-Palatinate).
  • Read also: https://lifefolio.daniela-berndt.foundation/en/journey/files/category-future-pending.html.
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Entry into tenth grade

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