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Christian Contino (BA Economics)

Biography

After Reading I worked in the UK property sector for 4 years, and then moved to Rome to work for the UN for 3 years. During that time I also gained an MSc in Quantitative Finance. In late 2012 I moved to Australia to do a PhD in Finance. 

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

I spent most of my life in nearby Pangbourne, and wanted to attend a university with a great reputation, while keeping in touch with the network in that area. During my tour the campus was so beautiful and the people so friendly that I was so happy when I got accepted. 

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

The academic staff really care about your progress, and go out of their way to ensure you are up to speed. I also really enjoy Reading town centre; it has transformed a lot during the past few years. 

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

Make as many friends as possible. You will know these people for the rest of your life; it's all about networking!

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

I am a PhD candidate in Finance at the University of Sydney. After having worked in finance for 7 years, I decided to take a break to concentrate on studying, building on the experience I gained in my working life. 

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

The finance sector is very competitive, so getting skills in a variety of areas is a must. Even a little bit of computer programming experience goes a long way. A short course or a self-taught approach works wonders.

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

My first job was actually sent round as a circular to all the Economics students. I was the first to reply and got the Job! So thank you Barbara Sofocli for that! 

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

Get in touch with businesses over the holiday period to get some internship experience. This will separate you out from the rest of your peers. 

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

The University has certainly shaped me as a person, but also shaped my career path. The friends I made there are some of the closest people I have, and this included professors!Walking out of my last exam, knowing that all that work over the past 3 year was building up to this, was a great feeling. An even better feeling was receiving the news that I got a 1st class honors degree.

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