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Eriko Yamazaki (MA International Studies with Research Training 1998)


Graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo in 1992, where I majored in European modern history and subsequently worked for Nikkei, Tokyo. After studying at Reading, joined Japan Echo Inc. as senior editor of bi-monthly English magazine. Worked as a freelance translator between August 2012 and January 2013. Started to work at Elsevier Japan as Editorial and Production Manager in March 2013. Translation works include Japanese edition of "Vogue on Alexander McQueen" by Chloe Fox (Quadrille Publishing Ltd., 2012), "Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life" by John C. Bogle (Wiley, 2010), and "How to Read Fashion: A Crash Course in Understanding Styles" by Fiona Ffoulkes (Herbert Press Ltd., 2010).

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

At "Study in UK" event held at the British Council in Tokyo, I had an opportunity to meet and talk about my studies with the Director of GSEIS and I thought the MA programme at GSEIS fit what I wanted to study. Also, I liked Reading University because they required relatively high scores of IELTS to international studies.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The atmosphere of the Whiteknights campus, a huge area with lots of trees and a small lake. Nice to walk around when you want to relax and refresh.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

For international students whose mother tongue is NOT English, I strongly recommend to read books about what they study in their language and English as many as possible and understand technical words in English, before coming to Reading.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

Just started work at Elsevier Japan as Editorial and Production Manager. After studying at Reading, I joined a translation/publishing company in Tokyo, and obtained experiences in journal publication and translation management.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

To understand the production/publication process of academic journals and get used to work in the international environment.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

The session about CV writing at the Careers Centre was very helpful when I looked for a career opportunity in England. But, unfortunately, I could not find a job in England, mainly because companies were hesitant to obtain a work permit for me, as there were already so many Japanese who had work permit including spouse visa holders

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

As the time at Reading was when I lived on my own and studied abroad first time in life, it was a precious experience for me to obtain a broad vision.

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