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Katy Jackson (BA History 2010)

Biography

I have been the Community and Outreach Officer at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide for almost 18 months. It's my perfect job and I am so lucky to be able to do it!

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

Reading had it all - great course, great campus and a great vibe.

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

The campus has a real community feel to it, I loved the fact I could walk through it and bump into people I knew!

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

Do everything! University is all about opportunity so get involved, whether its sports, societies or academic, make the most of your time at Reading.

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

I work in a museum and archive in central London. I knew I'd need experience to get into the heritage sector so I did lots of volunteering. After my degree I did a Masters in War, Culture and History which massively boosted my CV.

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

1. Volunteer 2. Network 3. Aim High

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

In my second year I had a careers interview as I didn't know which area of heritage I wanted to get into. I wanted to stay 'in history' but not be a teacher, so outreach was ideal for me.

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

Volunteer! Be cheeky and send emails and letters to places that might not even be looking for volunteers. Organisations will appreciate someone taking the initiative.

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

The best three years of my life were had at Reading. I made friends and memories for life. My fondest memory is hiking to the union in the snow, in wellies, hats, gloves and coats, we wouldn't let snow ruin our nights out! My other favourite memories were with the Mixed Hockey club, such a wonderful group of people and we're still in touch with the current team so we're frequently back in Reading playing matches against them!

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