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Mark Edmunds (BSc Agricultural Economics 1986)

Biography

I joined a practice of Chartered Surveyors in London and via correspondence courses with the College of Estate Management at Reading University I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in Commercial Property in 1991. I changed from my career in property and specialised as a Valuer and Auctioneer of Industrial Plant, Machinery and Business Assets, initially working for Henry Butcher & Co, Savills (subsequently becoming Head of Department) and currently Wyles Hardy & Co.

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

I found the positive attitude of the lecturing staff and the campus environment appealing.

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

I met and made friends with a wide variety of people from very different walks of life.

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

Enjoy the subject you are studying and you will thrive; remember to spend some of your time enjoying the social life as well as discovering the contents of the Library!

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

I am valuing and advising on anything from a paper mill in Kenya, to computer equipment in data centres, to a drain maintenance plant, car paint plants for Audi and main battle tanks for the British Army!

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

Learn to adapt.

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

It has provided a solid base from which to venture forth and explore unlimited opportunities in very diverse fields of industry.

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

Persevere, learn to differentiate yourself from others and have pride in your achievements to date.

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

My grandmother studied a milking course in the early 1900s, and I became the first in my family to graduate having enjoyed a very happy and productive time. My favourite memories are from my time spent at Wantage Hall.

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