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Kat Hodgkinson (BA Film and Theatre 2011)

Biography

I'm Kat and I'm currently working as a self-employed live events technician in Birmingham.

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

The course was the only one in the country that covered the subject areas I was looking to study and I got a good feeling about it after my interview day.

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

The people I met during the course, the help I received and the flexibility that I was allowed during studying. For living, it was being in a great student town and a good location for London theatre.

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

Go in to it with an open mind! My time at Reading was far better than I could have ever imagined and also make the most of it as you'll never get the same experience again.

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

I'm now working in Birmingham as a freelance live events technician. Within my current role, I have had the opportunity to work as a lighting and sound technician or stage manager for a number of world class musicians, orchestras, bands and comedians and have been part of the technical team for numerous high-profile corporate events including car launches, major political party conferences, awards ceremonies and also large-scale touring productions.

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

Get out and get as much experience as possible before graduating. Also take advantage of what Reading has to offer in terms of extra-curricular societies, other years practical terms and the experience that the lecturers and technicians can offer.

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

The ability to take part in extra-curricular activities and also to be involved in practical work in the department was a huge help in my chosen career path. Those parts of the course allowed me to be confident in choosing a career path and the wealth of experience that everyone around could offer was invaluable.

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

Start searching early, it helped to know that I had a number of applications out before graduating. Also, voluntary work is invaluable - I spent eight weeks working on voluntary project in between graduating and starting a full time job.

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

I have so many memories that it would be impossible to choose one! Reading offered me a great stepping stone into my chosen career and I still keep in touch with tutors who are always going to be respected contacts throughout my chosen career.

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