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Ju Boo Lim (MSc Food Science 1967)

Tell us briefly about yourself and career.

My wife and I with the Prime MinisterI worked as a Research Nutritionist with the Ministry of Health in Malaysia after graduation until my retirement in 1994.

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

I received a scholarship to study for my Master's degree in Food Technology at UoR after my graduation from the University of London.

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

I think that people there are very friendly compared to those in London. It is more relaxed and less stressful in Reading than elsewhere in England.

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

If students are from overseas, they need to know about the changes in culture, food, climate, mannerisms.

If applicable, how did you benefit from spending a year in industry?Working in a Nation-wide survey

I learned a lot about the difference between student life and working life. One is academic and the other is practical and more demanding.

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

I am now retired and looking back to all my experiences from student life at the university, to my working life in a medical research institute and my retirement with many hobbies.

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

Be prepared for hard work. Be prepared for salaries below your expectations if you land up in the wrong job or profession.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?In my office, late 70's

No, the university has not advised me very much about my career. I chose my own pathway in life with the help of my qualification from the university for which I am thankful.

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

I do not know much about the current job situation. But the general advice is to be confident during a job interview. Tell the interviewers your knowledge and capability, and tell them how they can help and improve the company's products through R&D and innovation. Don't say what the employer can offer you, but what you can do for the company or for the management.

Why did you decide to give to the University of Reading?

I am retired now, but I just feel obligated to give back to society, to the University in particular who gave me my valuable education. Without that education I would be nowhere in society. I thank the University of Reading.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?One of my hobbies is playing the violin

I think my course mates and my lectures are my fondest memories. I also enjoyed staying in England and learning about English culture although I was not so fond of English food. Besides the University, I think generally England is a very beautiful country. I like the 4 seasons which we do not get here in tropical Malaysia.



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