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James Crawford (BSc Investment and Finance in Property 2009)


I live and work in London, play hockey and cricket on the weekends. During the week I am an office/investment and development agent for a niche firm in Midtown. I love it.

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

I chose Reading whilst using the free wi-fi in Le Petit Danois to fill in my UCAS form; the chap next to me happened to be an alumni, he was very persuasive, I'd had a few.

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

The people. Being a Land Manager and involved in sport meant I knew everyone, I now see those people in business circles.

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

Go to lectures and listen. It's only a couple of hours a day, and it makes the exams and course work a lot easier!

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

I got here via a few ski seasons and a couple of stints in property development, and a chance encounter. A chap who knew someone, who knew someone (etc.) had heard of a job at Daniel Watney, I was interviewed and have never looked back.

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

Get some work experience, but also if you know you are good, then don't worry too much - you'll be fine. Plus, personality shines through in property, don't be shy!

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

It gave me a degree!

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

Get on the phone, talk to companies, and don't forget the niche'll do so much more than at a corporate!

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

The University is fantastic and really is the pinnacle of property institutions, moreover the teaching is done in an interesting way and Reading is a great University town. Too many favourite memories, all unsuitable for this purpose!



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