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Maria Mylona (International Relations 2000)

Biography

After graduating with a Masters degree in International Relations I followed further studies in European Culture and Political Philosophy studies. At the same time and after obtaining an EFL teaching license, I started teaching English and cooperating with various language schools, which also gave me the opportunity to follow a methodology programme too. Since then I managed to gain positions a senior teacher too.

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

I chose to studied at the University of Reading mainly because of its awesome reputation and then because of its outstanding campus and library.

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

The best bit was the opportunity I had to make many friends and meet people from all around the world and communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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

To take advantage of the university's facilities, to focus on their studies and to grab the change and make new foreign friends.

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

Currently I'm working as an EFL teacher and Senior teacher both in Greece and UK. I'm also a freelance editor and translator. In addition, I have managed to work in various organisations and NGOs, gaining valuable experience as a project and operations manager.

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

The sector of international relations is a difficult, intense and competitive one. It needs great focus, good grades and excellent communication and negotiation skills. Focusing on your studies and gaining experience through internships is the best way to obtain a good position in the future.

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

Although I didn't take full advantage of the university's career office, every time that I needed an answer or help, there was always someone to help me and guide me.

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

They have to remain focused on their goals and willing to go through internships and further practice in order to acquire experience and more practical knowledge on their chose field.

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

The university forms the most important part of my life because of the opportunities and the experiences it provided me with. I had the chance to spend a valuable and unforgettable academic year at Reading. My favourite memories were the long hours spent with my classmates discussing various aspects of our academic field, as well as the relaxing nearby trips.

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