Meet Patricia, Localization Project Coordinator. Patricia works out of Globalme’s Vancouver HQ, and her job is to make Globalme’s localization projects happen.
In her role, Patricia provides support to the Project Manager on the planning and execution of projects from beginning to end, including quality assurance when needed and keeping project documentation up to date.
Patricia was born in Campinas, Brazil–a big city of about 1 million people inside of São Paulo (which is both a city and a state).
She grew up in a close family with her parents and brother. When recounting her childhood, Patricia will tell you about big family gatherings with tons of aunts, uncles, and cousins holding parties on every possible occasion.
Patricia always loved reading, and wanted to be a teacher. She studied Portuguese & English at PUC, a Brazilian college, earning a degree equivalent to a North American BA.
After her first internship as a teacher, Patricia realized teaching just wasn’t the career path she wanted to pursue. But hope was not lost: a close friend of hers was working for a translation agency and they had an internship open in their QA department
By the end of her 1-year internship, she had found a new passion, and was hired full-time before it even ended.
Following that passion, Patricia went on to earn a postgraduate degree in editing at FGV in Brazil.
Coming to Canada
Patricia came to Canada in 2016. She and her husband had always wanted to live abroad, and the Brazilian economy wasn’t in the best shape, so they made the move to Vancouver—a city they had visited and loved.
Their plan was to move to Vancouver for one year. It’s now many years later, and Patricia’s still in Canada, so you could say that plan failed in the best possible way.
Patricia continued to work the same QA job for the Brazil translation company, until finally making the move to Globalme in March 2019.
So why did Patricia decide to join Globalme?
“I was looking for a localization role in Vancouver and Globalme stood out. I was always good friends with the people I worked with, and I could tell right away that Globalme was a super friendly environment.”
As it turns out, Patricia’s first impression was right. The people are still her favourite part of Globalme.
“I love the fact that everyone is from different places. It gives you lots of perspective about different cultures. You learn that in Brazil it’s like this, in China it’s like that, and in France it’s like that. It’s almost like you’re travelling every day.”
We asked Patricia her proudest moment working at Globalme so far, and she had a great answer:
“Working at Globalme has been a proud moment as a whole. It’s my first job abroad and my first job in a project management scope, so I have to learn new things every day. I’m able to work in a different country, interacting with people who speak different languages. I’ve proved to myself that I can do it.”
What advice does Patricia have for new hires at Globalme?
“Come in with an open mind. It’s a place where you will find people from everywhere. But bring your own experiences too and really be a part of it. Interact with everyone, and make relationships that count. It’s been very valuable to me.”
What languages do you speak?
Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
What’s your number one passion?
Travelling. My main objective in life is to travel as much as I can!
Where’s your favourite place you’ve traveled to?
Japan. I can’t wait to go back. The food is amazing! Everywhere you go, there’s a hidden little restaurant that nobody notices, and you know it’s going to be good.
Their culture is impressive, I don’t have enough nice words to describe it. People are always so polite there. I spent 15 days there and I definitely want to go back.
I also really enjoyed Cuba. It was a big learning opportunity. I barely had internet access, so there was no option to look anything up online and the political system was so different. I had to be totally immersed in the trip itself.
I’ve also travelled to Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and across the US. I hope many more places are added to the list soon!
What’s your number one hobby?
Reading (mostly in Portuguese).
My favourite book is “Eu Receberia as Piores Notícias dos seus Lindos Lábios” by Marçal Aquino. I also love the Harry Potter series (I even have a Deathly Hallows tattoo) and all of Jorge Amado’s books (he’s a very popular Brazilian author).
I also love movies. One of my favourites is The Emperor’s New Groove in Portuguese (A Nova Onda do Imperador). I love the guy who plays Kronk. He’s very famous in Brazil. I recently watched the movie in English and it just wasn’t the same!
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