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David Kirk (BSc Economics 2012)

Biography

I was born in France and spent my younger years growing up in The United States before moving to Reading. I graduated in 2012 from the University of Reading in BSc Economics, having undertaken a four year course with a suspended year to work for Grant Thornton in the Fraud Investigation Team and Manage Jonathan Markson Tennis. I am a passionate sportsman and whilst I was at University I competed for numerous sports teams, successfully being awarded Sportsman of the Year in my final year. Since leaving University I started my own business, DKTennis.net, worked for Sports Nine HQ delivering the Powerade and Relentless Energy Drink Campaigns whilst training for Triathlon. In the last five months I joined Logi Analytics, Business Intelligence Software Company based on the University campus and have also qualified for the Great Britain Triathlon Team for my age group. I will be travelling to represent GB in European and World Championships this year. I put my other energy into The Everest Million Campaign with Daniel Hughes who is currently climbing Mt Everest in aid of Comic Relief. It is a ground breaking project and you can follow the trip live from www.everestmillion.com. 

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

I remember a talk at an open day by a member of the Entrepreneurial Society, it really demonstrated the vision of the University’s students. I was instantly drawn to the University by the campus. It was critical to be close to the industry I intended to join and have the flexibility to travel. The Economics department had a buzz about it and I could see it was moving in a positive direction. The department was also happy for me to take a year out to either study abroad or work in industry.

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

Life in Halls was fantastic, I met some friends for life and this continued into the final years. Reading provides the flexibility to mix your studies with employment and sport. This was really key for me. The support services are all extremely helpful too and I highly recommend utilising these.

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

Go to University with an aim. Don’t just get carried along with the crowd because most the time people don’t talk about their aims and it is easy to think others are not on the ball when they are. I am in a completely different industry to my degree and placements, but it was my aim that has brought me here so it clearly worked!

What is the best bit about your job?

I work in a small Sales team within Logi Analytics, in a fast growing software industry, Business Intelligence. I wake up every day knowing I am making an impact on the business. There is plenty scope to travel since I cover International Sales and all my skills I have nurtured during my time at University are put to use, I also work with one of my best friends! The company is also extremely supportive with my sporting endeavours. 

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

Although I have not followed my intended path into the financial sector following two placements with KPMG and Grant Thornton and studying a BSc Economics degree, the University provided the opportunity to find out if I wanted to do these, which is far more important in my opinion. Consequently I discovered the career path that was best for me.

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

I am a keen sportsman and recently qualified to represent Great Britain for Triathlon for my age group. I love travelling having been brought up all over the world and in the winter months I am always trying to get away on my snowboard. I also have a passion for helping others and each year work with several charity projects, currently working on The Everest Million Campaign.

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

The University will always be a source of success to me. I believe I tried every opportunity available from being an RAF reserve to writing a dissertation that was entered for an international competition. I made a lot of great friends and also met my girlfriend here. I would recommend where ever a student studies, don’t sit back and blend in, stand out and make the most of the opportunities.  

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