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Laurence Green (BA English Literature 2012)


I grew up in South London and began my studies at Reading in 2009, after taking a gap year. Graduating in 2012 with a 1st, I've since returned to London to work in the music industry, following a series of related work placements during the three years of my degree.

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

Reading was actually my insurance choice university, but in hindsight, I can't imagine studying anywhere else. The campus is a beautiful place to work and study - and I really enjoyed that enclosed, friendly aspect to it.

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

Just the overall atmosphere of it all. Coming from the hustle and bustle of London, Reading feels so much more laid-back. All the students are in the same boat as you, and your studies become one big, exciting adventure.

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

Remember that university is about more than just studying. Get to know people in your halls, join a society, and take up some volunteering work on the side. You'll never have as much freedom as you do at university, so make the most of it.

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

I'm currently working for the online radio streaming service WE7, now part of Tesco's wider Blinkbox brand. My role on the music team involves me putting together themed radio stations and interviewing popstars for the site's blog!

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

Contacts are king - pretty much all the opportunities I've come across have been from people I've met at gigs, showcases, or on Twitter. Start moving in the right circles, show you're passionate about your subject, and the rest will follow.

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

My two years on the editorial team of the University paper Spark* were essential. As Music Editor, I got to know so many PR contacts who'd offer us CDs and gig tickets for review purposes. It really opened my eyes to the ins and outs of the industry.

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

Make sure you have a good few work placements under your belt before you graduate. Once you leave university, the pressures of the 'real world' catch up with you fast - bills to pay etc. University offers you the right climate to pursue your interests, so don't waste the opportunity.

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

I think I'll always see the University of Reading as a second home. My three years there were incredibly happy times, especially working on the University paper and living in halls. Relaxing on campus in the height of summer is just magical.

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