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Katie Belcher (BA English and History 2009)

Biography

After leaving Reading, I did a PGCE at Oxford Brookes University and then returned to my home in Cardiff. I got married and then secured a year’s maternity post teaching Music and RE at Primary level across the Primary age range. I then took on a Year 6 class for a term. I am now currently working as a supply teacher in a lovely Year 4 class, while looking for a new post, really enjoying it!

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

I liked the campus. It was just close enough that I could visit home (Wales) and it offered the joint honors in English and History, which I was so keen to do.

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

The library! Oh my that sounds very boring doesn't it... but I do miss such a wonderful resource! I also loved the new gym facilities and the vast fields and scenery.

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

Talk to your lecturers AND listen! I remember going to a lecturer because I kept getting a high 2:1 and saying why do I never get a first?! He sat me down and explained what I needed to do. You'll never guess what my next mark was...

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

I got here by not giving up and by telling myself that I can!

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

Don't think it's an easy job.
Keep your sense of humour.
Be flexible!
Talk to people you know who are teachers.
Get some experience in a school as a volunteer.

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

I did a Children's Literature module in the third year of my degree, which has come in very handy when taking guided reading sessions with children. The little things like improving my confidence when speaking in front of others, grammar, reading etc. have helped also.

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

Volunteer in a school as a Teaching Assistant.Get creative! - Perhaps help coach a childrens' sports team or read with children at a local school? It all adds up!

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

Reading University kept up some high standards in terms of teaching and assessment. My fondest memory was having a crazy snowball fight outside the HUMMS building with my fellow English undergraduates!

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