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Henry Miller (BA Archaeology and History 2011)

Biography

After my BA I decided to continue at Reading to do a Masters for another year and a half. I have since embarked upon a career as a semi-professional American Football player in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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

Out of the universities I visited, Reading seemed to be to my liking the most. Plus the courses and modules also appealed to me.

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

I'm not really sure. I think it was a combination of the people who I met and the location of the town (its a mid point between London and the countryside, not just geographically but in a lot of other respects. This was great for me as I grew up in a very small town).

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

Be sociable. Networking is key to living in Reading. Campus life is great when you know everyone. Join as many sports teams and societies as you have time for (especially in first year).

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

I am a semi-professional American Football player in Copenhagen. I started the sport at Reading University despite my Rugby roots. Turned out I preferred the sport and the people who played it. I ended up playing at a high level in the UK and I made an effort to contact some teams in Europe to see if I could get a contract. One of the teams that contacted me brought me out for a trial and they must have liked me as here I am now.

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

Play university football. I started as a complete rookie with a bit of Rugby experience. Anyone with any body-type can play - it's not limited to "big guys". If you put the work in at practice, in the gym and with film study a career in Europe is very feasible.

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

The Careers Centre is a useful resource and I did use it to look for a "real" job. However I never really knew what I wanted to do so they couldn't really help me and the career advice they gave me reflected this. I think eventually I would like to go into business and after expressing this I didn't get much in the way of direction or advice. I got to where I am off my own back.

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

Firstly, know what you want to do. Have a goal in mind and do everything you can to reach it. That could mean starting as early as December or January with applications [especially if you want a career in finance or law for example] and put in the hours [some of those applications take days to write]. If you don't know then speak to a careers adviser, parents, friends etc. and get as many ideas and information as you can. If you still don't know, then go with what you are passionate about. For me, it was American Football.

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

The University of Reading is where I became a man. I have so many good memories over the four+ years I was there and I couldn't single out just one.

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