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Izzy Playle (BA Ancient History and Archaeology 2012)


I've always had a passion for history and museums and spent most of my childhood in Bristol Museum! I'm currently studying for a MA, and want to be a curator or exhibitions officer, with a focus on Classical archaeology.

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

The wonderful reputation of the Archaeology department and the green campus.

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

The people I met and the opportunities in terms of modules and fieldwork. The staff in the department are wonderful and always helpful.

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

Take all the chances you can to do fieldwork and volunteer opportunities. Make the most of the next three years; they go by much quicker than you'd expect! Work is important, but take time to enjoy the experience too.

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

I'm currently studying for a MA in Museum Studies and Archaeological Heritage Management at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, and absolutely loving it. I heard about the course through Reading!

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

It provided me with ample fieldwork and volunteer opportunities and guided me towards my options post-graduation.

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

Building up relevant experience! Really put yourself out there.

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

I have really fond memories of UoR and miss it a lot! I met some true friends for life there and never once regretted my decision to go to Reading. Some of my best memories come from the Silchester Field School.

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