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Graham Cooke (BSc Psychology 1991)


I am a Royal Navy officer Aviator - driving ships and flying helicopters all over the world.

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

I missed my first choice by one point and ended up at Reading (no regrets though)

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

The people and the central UK location meaning it was close to London.

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

It's all in your head - make sure you are motivated for your course.

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

I have just got back from an operational tour in Afghanistan and am now going to be the Executive Officer of a training squadron, teaching new aircrew how to fly.

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

You'll need to be absolutely committed, flexible and have a sense of humor!

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

My top tips are:
Life is about more than making money.
Make your contribution count.
Passion and motivation usually shines through.

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

An important yet fun time in my life while I was young, it taught me all about living away from home, how to structure my life and learning as well as self-discipline. Favourite memory - weekend mornings' football (whilst hungover).

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