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Ceri Rushent (BSc Hons Botany 1990)

Biography

After graduating, I worked in retail and then in the music industry until I had my daughter. I stayed at home for 5 years with her and then found a part time job in recruitment. During that time I had kept up teaching the violin and that, along with getting involved in my daughter's school, led me to begin thinking about moving into teaching full time.

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

Reputation in the field of Botany and Agriculture.

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

Meeting lots of new people.

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

Try to strike a balance between work and play.

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

I began teaching music in a local primary school as a volunteer. After a year, I applied to train on the GTP route into teaching; I was employed by the school as I trained and gained QTS. I am now the Science Lead at a school in Purley as well as a Year 5/6 class Teacher. I run the choir and orchestra and am having a whale of a time!

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Be honest and don't go into teaching as a fall back situation; it's hard work, but incredibly rewarding. Get some experience in a classroom before you decide to train. It might not be as you imagined.

Why did you decide to give to the University of Reading?

My daughter will be setting off in the next year and she will not receive any sort of grant, as I did. The donations help young people like her to continue in a university education.

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

Hard work, steep learning curves, fun.

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