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Jerry Turner (TEFL Diploma 2004)


I pursued a career in management before switching to language teaching and have never looked back. I recently published a book and the second is in the making.

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

I was attracted by the University's excellent reputation for linguistics.

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

Being enrolled on a correspondence course meant that I never had the opportunity to reap the benefits of campus life. I sat a few examinations in Reading though, and enjoyed campus life for a day too!

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

Don't procrastinate studying, find a good balance between work and studies, do some kind of sports, even if it's only walking around the block twice, and maintain a healthy diet. Above all, set yourself realistic goals, and never give up. Since primary school I've had feedback like `could do better ' This I took through university too! Determination, self motivation (after exam results!) and will power will get you everywhere when the going gets tough.

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

I met and married a Swiss girl when I was a student in England. Thus I'm an "expat" and spent a few years living and working in France, but most of my life in Switzerland. I'm now Head of English at the University of Applied Sciences.

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

The Diploma track I chose gave me a solid foundation for my teaching career. What's more I was International Coorinator which menat alot of travelling and I specialised in Intercultural Communication staging workshops all over Europe

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

Look at your graduation as the start of the rest of your life, not the end of it! Life-long learning is essential because it's fierce and competitive out there. Attend career centre workshops and network as much as possible.

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

My favourite memory was graduation day; walking up front to receive a huge envelope. I'll never forget that moment.

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