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Maria Drimoura (MA Body and Representation 1998)

Biography

I arrived in Reading for my Master's degree in 1997 and graduated 1998. I have worked for BP, Thames Valley Police and I am currently working for Britannia Pharmaceuticals. I have also practiced as a psychotherapist for over a decade (I have a BA in Psychology from the American College of Greece); psychotherapy is now a cherished past time rather than a profession.

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

Postgraduate studies were a means to an end for me . I liked the master’s programme as I saw it in the prospectus and applied for it.

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

I liked  ( and still do )  the green open spaces.

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

Have an open mind and be willing to learn ( in addition to your studies you are entering a new  culture )  clear thoughts, dedication and a good dictionary!

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

After eight  years I  took redundancy from Thames Valley Police. They were re-locating and it was not convenient for me to follow them. I took a little time off to rest and then began my job hunting. I am now working as a  customer services executive for Brittannia Pharmaceuticals, a Reading company that manufactures and sells Parkinson's Disease medication. I found the position while job searching on line and applied for it. I was invited at interview and Brittania offered me the position a few days later.

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

A lot of patience, a very, VERY thick skin and a liking for coffee!

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

They didn't as I didn't ask for their help . My career so far is the result of my own efforts

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

The job market is competitive and you must get yourself in it . Apply , apply and apply until you get the job you want.

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

Reading and its University were my first home in the UK when I arrived and are still a good memory that I cherish.

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