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Ian Mitchell (BSc Physics 1988)

Biography

Work at Royal Bank of Scotland via Merrill Lynch, Arthur Andersen and Binder Hamlyn. Live in Milton Keynes with wife, Debs and daughter, Ruby. We enjoy sailing and have been lucky enough to have sailed bits of Greece, Turkey and our new favourite the BVI.

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

Many people would cite the proximity of London and Oxford but Reading has much to offer. The campus was a wonderful oasis. Most things you could want were in walking distance (or a bus ride if the weather was bad).

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

I drifted into Chartered Accountancy, found that I was reasonably good at it and seem to have made a career out of it. I spent about twelve years in the profession working in audit before moving to an Investment Bank as an accounting policy specialist. In 2003 I moved to a large UK banking group where I do much the same thing.

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

The careers centre were very helpful in providing advice and guidance back in 1987/88.

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

I don't think the advice has changed over the years. Do your homework. Know something about the role you're applying for and the company you're applying to. Then be yourself, interviewers are better at spotting b***s*** than you think.

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

They were three fantastic years. I made some lifelong friends.

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