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Ansley Hofmann (BA European Studies & German 2009)

Biography

After my undergraduate studies at Reading I went to London for a Master at SOAS. Then I pursued a career in the sector of sports and development in Germany and the Czech Republic. Now I'm based in Prague and work for a large international company using the language skills I learned at the University of Reading.

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

My English teacher recommended me that University. I went to visit it before enrolling and was straightaway attracted to it, thanks to its green and friendly campus and also because it was close from London.

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

The student life in a beautiful off-campus.

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

To walk around the campus, to familiarize yourself with the environment, to socialize and find a good group of friends. During your student life friendship is very important.

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

I work now for a large oil company in Prague as a customer assistant. I moved to the corporate world to balance off my experience in the non-profit sector. In the end my aim is to have a better picture of the different sectors, in order to decide on my long-term career.

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

The university gave me the base to my future career path. The developed language skills and approach to work gave me the necessary skills to face the world of employment with more ease and confidence.

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

They should first look at internships, as nowadays the employers are really demanding in terms of work experience. In this regard it won't be easy to find a proper job straightaway. But building your skills by doing internships or even to volunteer, will make you gain vital skills. Those skills will be the key to your future job.

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

I have to be honest most of my favourite memories were the social nights in the halls or in the 3sixty club. It was great to spend time with your class mates after some lectures or study session to relax and forget part of the study stress. On a less social note, I also enjoyed the late evenings in the library, when everyone was already gone, I liked to stay till the closure and enjoy the calm and comfort of books surrendering you.

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