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Christian Bace (BA Ancient History and History 2009)

Biography

I have worked in a variety of marketing and PR roles for over four years, three of which were spent in a publishing house that specialised in history. It was here that I focused my skills in social media management and created an award-winning Twitter campaign. I now work in the City as an Online Community Coordinator for a professional accountancy body.

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

Being able to study in a beautiful campus as opposed to the concrete jungles that most universities have was a major factor in my decision to study at Reading.

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

Living in a vibrant town with strong connections to London was a big part of my university experience.

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

Branch out as much as possible and don't pigeon-hole yourself. You may have a specific career in mind when you start your course but a lot can change in three years. Make sure you always have plenty of options open.

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

I am an Online Community Coordinator living and working in London. My degree gave me specialist interests that allowed me to enter publishing and from here I developed highly sought-after skills which helped me achieve a job in a very competitive market.

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

Picking a degree that will develop your writing skills will help significantly, as will building your own professional and unique digital footprint (ANYONE can become a successful blogger). You can always augment your CV with additional training later.

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

In an ideal world, I wanted to stay in heritage but I didn't want to become a teacher or do an MA. The Career Centre suggested publishing, and from there I found my niche.

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

Your last year is busy with exams and dissertations but don't kid yourself, you still have enough free time to begin to network and start approaching employers. The biggest mistake I made was putting it off until the end of the year!

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

Reading gave me everything I wanted from university and made all the hard work worth while. It would be impossible to choose just one favourite memory; to this day my friends and I still talk about our nights out and experiences. Give me a time machine and I'd do it all again, no question.

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