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Fabio Dalan (Meteorology, Erasmus visiting student 1998)


I have always been interested in climate change and I used computer models to investigate how climate dynamics works.  I realized that I enjoy working in applied research and also being a “middle-man” between science and society, so I started working in the environmental protection agency (Italy) and later on I became a seconded national expert at the European Commission working on environmental legislation. Since 2014 I have monitored EU research projects on climate change.

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

I was only a visiting student in Reading for my Erasmus year. My drivers to choose Reading were the great meteorology courses and the English language. I wanted to improve both.

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

I enjoyed experiencing a different way of teaching compared to the Italian style and profited from the good sides of both. Another added value was the campus life: studying and having fun with colleagues/friends in the same place made life easier and merrier.

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

Have a good balance between studying and enjoyment.

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

I work on a temporary contract for the European Commission and I enjoy the international lifestyle of Brussels. I got there thanks to perseverence and checking various job possibilities within my domain.

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

Regularly monitor a few websites to find the vacancies that most suit you. Train yourself on the standard competency test the European Commission requires you to pass.

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

In a way The Career Centre surely helped me. I visited them once and I found it extremely useful in giving me an overview of what I could be doing afterwards. Food for thoughts.

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

I am not sure I am the most appropriate person to answer here. My job search in the Italian private sector was not successful, but I am very happy to have been working in the public sector since then.  What made my career a success was mostly persistence in what I wanted to pursue. Persistence brings also luck, i.e. being at the right place in the right time.

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

Reading means attention to the students, which is why I want to return the favour somehow to Reading University. The best memory is the people I met. I remember some professors (Ross Reynolds above all) and I still meet my German, Cypriot, Spanish, French, Italian, Belgian friends from that year I spent in Reading.

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