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Joseff Rees (BA History 2014)

BiographyJoseff Rees at Graduation

Having graduated from the University in July 2014, I have enrolled upon the MA History programme at Reading. Therefore my career as such has yet to begin, but I intend to either become a teacher or enrol on the Police Graduate Scheme.

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

After visiting the University on a History Department Visit day, I decided that Reading was the place for me. The fact that Reading is a campus university was a real plus for me, and I felt as if the University wanted me to come here, something which I had not felt on other University open days. The course also appealed to me.

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

The best bit for me was the campus. To be surrounded by greenary on the way to, from and inbetween lectures is amazing, something not many other universities can offer at such a close distance to London. Also very important, of course, are the people I have met and friends I have made. In addition I have enjoyed the extra-curricular activities such as the sports, societies, student media, Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Chaplaincy.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?Joseff Rees at Junction 11

Get used to being independent, particularly if, like for me, this is the first time you have lived away from home, and be prepared to try new things such as new sports and join societies: this made my University experience a much better one because it made me feel part of it. Also, learn as much as you can about your subject: the more you learn the more enjoyable your degree will become.

If applicable, how did you benefit from spending a year abroad / a year in industry?

I didn't do a year abroad but I was a student tutor as part of the Student Tutoring Scheme and I did do two placements within the History Department. Due to my interest in teaching, I enrolled upon the Part 3 History Education module. I did a 2 weeks placement in a local secondary school in which I observed how History is taught. At the end of my placement I had to plan, prepare and deliver my own lesson to a Year 7 class. Following the placement I had to write a report to evaluate my placement and present my findings to Dr Elizabeth Matthew. I found the module beneficial in helping me decide a possible career path and in applying for PGCE courses.
I did another placement at MERL during my second year. Using the archives and collections at MERL, as part of a group, we had to make a new 'Wartime Farm' exhibition/presentation as part of the History Themes and Practices module. We also presented our work to the Duke of Gloucester.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?Joseff Rees as rugby referee

At the moment I am just waiting to begin my Masters Programme in History at Reading which beings in September

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

Just one tip: work hard!

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

The History Education Module helped me decide upon a possible careers path as I saw how history is taught at secondary school level.

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

Try and do as many placements as you can throughout your degree during the vacation period or whenever you have some time. Also, start looking at a possible job or career path before graduating. Be prepared and don't leave everything to the last minute.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?Joseff Rees with Chaplaincy group

The University of Reading will always mean an enjoyable experience to me, one in which I have learnt a great deal, not just academically but also in terms of life. I have enjoyed all the sports and societies in which I got involved including being Club Captain for the Cricket Club and being Social Rep and President for St Georges Hall JCR, a member of the DofE Society, Rugby Union and Mixed Hockey Clubs, a radio DJ and presenter for Junction11 and Sports writer for Spark Newspaper. The Chaplaincy helped me a great deal through my university life and hopefully will continue to do so for my MA: I cannot speak highly enough of Mark and the others at the Chaplaincy. The people I have met have made my University life unforgettable: the debates when waiting to bat in the cricket pavillion, refereeing the rugby, camping in the Cairgorms doing DofE, the staff and the brilliant people I have lived with. If one memory is to stand out above all the others it would have to be my graduation ceremony with my parents: on that day I felt as if all the hard work had paid off and I felt proud ... and smart in the robes!

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