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Sian de Wied (BA Film and Theatre 2011)

Biography

I have always loved theatre and I am very lucky to be working in one of the country's best regional theatres. I applied for three different jobs at Chichester Festival Theatre before I eventually got the job I am doing now. As it turned out, the Learning and Participation co-ordinator role was the best suited to me.

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

I had three choices, Reading stood out from all of the other Universities I had chosen. I studies on Bulmershe Campus, as a new student it was an ideal place to study as it wasn't too big. Visiting the Whitelnights campus was like a treat, as there was so much going on all the time!

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

Meeting lots of different people. It is also very close to London this is vital as I was studying theatre and had to see a variety of plays as part of my studies.

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

Make sure you choose the right course. I have seen lots of people change or drop out of their chosen course as they didn't research it properly. When you are looking at a course ask yourself: " will I enjoy this?",  "do I want to spend 3 years of my life researching this subject?"

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

I am currently working at Chichester Festival Theatre as the Learning and Participation Co-ordinator. To get to this position I did A LOT of work experience for free whilst working full time to fund the work experience!

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

Work experience was key for me, try and meet as many different people as you can and apply for lots of jobs! Don't give up, I have learnt that if you want something you have to go out there and prove you can get it.

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

They offered me lots of useful contacts and advice which enabled me to find out what job I really wanted to do.

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

As I said before, go out and get work experience in your chosen field of work. Get as many contacts as you can, constantly pester them and offer your skills, you never know when they may need someone to work for them!

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

University helped me find out what I wanted to do as a career, I knew I loved theatre before I started university but I had no idea of the range of jobs that are available. The people I met and I am still good friends with now, are my fondest memories of Reading. It's great to see what everyone is doing now and how we have got on since university.

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