Company: Infinity Language Services Ltd
Job title: Linguist
Charlotte Dutton moved to the Isle of Man in 2014 and, after years of studying and working with foreign languages, decided to set up her own business Infinity Languages in 2017. The company offers group and private language tuition and a full range of translation services to individuals and businesses.
My first encounter with foreign languages was when I was at school studying German and French. I grew up and was educated in the UK in Manchester. I really enjoyed learning languages so pursued both French and German together at A Level. I was interested in international relations and politics in school, but also really enjoyed other subjects such as sciences.
I went to Lancaster University to study Modern Languages, which included German, French and Spanish as part of the course. During my third year of university, I studied at universities in France and Spain, and I provided English tuition in my spare time too. Following this, I decided to take on an au pair position for three months in Austria. This involved helping the family learn English over the summer months. I’ve wanted to continue using my degree professionally since leaving university so I’ve been tutoring on and off ever since!
Following graduation, I wanted to continue on to do a master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting and enrolled at Manchester University. After completing my master’s degree, I moved to London to join Amazon’s Transaction Risk Management Systems’ team as an Investigations Specialist. My job involved guiding new and existing sellers on the French, German and Spanish platforms through the KYC process, reviewing and verifying their due diligence documentation, and identifying fraudulent activity.
Life on the Isle of Man
It was my partner who ultimately brought me over to the Island. I was familiar with the Isle of Man but I didn’t know much about it before I moved. He had lived on and off the Island for 20+ years and had recently settled back on the Island when we met. After a year together, I decided to move in with him. I was living in London at the time which was expensive and didn’t offer a great work-life balance, so I was open to exploring somewhere else.
I’ve lived on the Island for four years now and love it here. When I first moved, I was offered a job with a corporate services provider in e-gaming development and licensing. The role was really varied and allowed me to gain experience in e-gaming, business development and company administration. I enjoyed the role for three years until I decided to take the leap into self-employment in order to make the most of my language skills. The corporate skills I learned in my previous job really helped when it came to setting up the company, and my knowledge of e-gaming has enabled me to offer translation services to the e-gaming industry.
The advantages of living here highlight the better lifestyle you can have when you get out of the city. You’re never truly far from home so you can’t complain about the commute, and there’s never much traffic to navigate through! The shorter commute helps significantly with the work-life balance. The countryside is stunning too. I never imagined myself to be a country girl, but we got a puppy earlier this year and now love going for long walks and exploring together.
Being a linguist on the Isle of Man
My mum has always encouraged me to keep educating myself and gain further qualifications. She’s worked hard for her career and even somehow completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees whilst working full time and looking after my brother and I – she’s a fantastic role model proving that you can do anything if you know how to organise your time.
I officially started self-employment through Infinity Languages at the beginning of 2018 and I’m really enjoying using my language skills to offer a range of services to individuals and businesses on the Isle of Man and further afield.
There is plenty of opportunity to follow a career in languages on the Isle of Man, however it has required me to be creative. There is a lot of translation work within the financial services, legal and corporate services industries, however a lot of this work is referred to translation companies in the UK. As an international business centre with companies dealing with clients all over the world, I wanted to provide Isle of Man businesses with a local and personal translation service.
I’m fortunate to have a career which allows me to keep pursuing something I love to do, and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop the business over the next year.