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Meagan Fowler (BSc Construction Management 2010)

Biography

I’m originally from a small town in outback Australia and I moved to London to work in 2003. I have worked in construction my whole life and decided to study a degree to progress my career. I travelled extensively while living in the UK having visited 53 countries so learning about different countries and cultures is my passion. I enjoy all sports and socialising with my mates.

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

I wanted a university that offered study by correspondence so I could continue to work while gaining a degree. Reading was well recognised for construction and real estate courses.

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

The friends you meet from different backgrounds and experiences.

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

Embrace all that the University of Reading and the UK have to offer. It’s not everyday you get to be so close to Europe and be able to experience different countries/cultures.

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

My partner was transferred to the US for work so we moved to Chicago a year ago. I am working for a property development/construction company building high-rise residential apartments and restaurants.

How has your degree helped in your chosen career path?

Before I earned my degree I believed other candidates had greater opportunity in the job market. Although I had on the job based training, being qualified as well as experienced gives me the edge over other candidates.

What University activities are you still involved with and why do you volunteer?

I volunteer as an International Alumni Ambassador for the USA with the university to help with promotion and to give something back.

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

The University was essential to my professional progression. I personally loved the old buildings on campus and the green outdoor spaces.

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