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Jonathan Low (BA French and History 2011)


Following graduation from the university in 2011, I took some time out and then took a fast-track journalism course. At the end of it, I was offered some work at the Reading Post, where I am now working on its sports desk.

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

The campus was certainly something that was very appealing - very green, spacious and welcoming.

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

The whole lifestyle, combining work, pleasure and living in a vibrant part of the country.

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

Take every opportunity that comes your way to get the most out of your experience.

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

I am a sports journalist at the Reading Post newspaper. I was initially offered some work on its news desk, and then was offered a full-time job on the sports desk, which is where I am now.

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

Work hard and get as much work experience as you can. Try and establish as many contacts as possible - and make sure they remember you.

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

They gave some useful advice throughout my time at the university - not just in my career path but other areas like creating an eye-catching CV.

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

Persevering, working hard and making sure you're doing something, whether it's part-time, full-time or volunteering work. Don't just sit around.

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

It's where I spent an incredible three years of my life. It went so fast and you only tend to appreciate everything once it's all done. So many memories means it's very difficult to pick one out. But I guess graduation day showed everything was worthwhile in the end!


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