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Justine Mselle (MSc Construction Management 2011)


I grew up in Kilimanjaro region, the location of the highest and only permanent ice covered mountain in the tropics. I did my first degree at Ardhi University located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I graduated in 2008 and in 2010 I got a scholarship and I decided to do MSc. Construction Management. I asked advise from my colleagues who graduated from the UK, they recommended University of Reading as the best choice for my course.

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

I was convinced I should study at the university of Reading after doing my search on the World University Rankings and I found it to be amongst the best ranked universities. Also I had chatted with my colleagues who graduated from other universities in the UK and recommended Reading as my first choice.

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

Well equipped library and excellent location of the university. Big natural forest located in the town makes its environment look wonderful.

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

To use whatever opportunity which is offered in socialising, training, study visits and many others as they add a lot of experience in life.

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

Currently, I work as Assistant lecturer and research assistant at Ardhi University located in Dar es Salaam Tanzania - where I did my undergraduate degree.

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

It is a very interesting area especially for those who like research and generation of new knowledge.

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

The University has helped me with the knowledge I am using but the most important thing is the chance to interact with a lot of international students and gain experience with a number of issues. Also I used to visit the careers ffice where I collected a lot of information on career building.

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

First is to understand job search techniques which can easily be obtained at career office. Secondly, students should understand how to write a convincing CV. And finally student should understand techniques to excel at interviews.

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

It means a lot to me. I remember the excellent lecturer presentations from Prof. Roger Flanagan on emerging construction markets like China and Brazil


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