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Lijing Yao (MSc International securities, investment and banking 2011)


After graduating from ICMA Centre, I went on with my study. I am now pursuing doctoral degree in the field of economics.

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

The long history and the great learning atmosphere in Reading attract me. And also ICMA Centre has the special subject about securities which I am very interested in.

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

It is quite convenient to live on campus as the dormitory is only 5 minutes' walk to the classrooms. It is also not far from the library and student union where we usually enjoy our lunch after long hours' classes. The environment in Reading is also perfect with lakes and lots of trees, great for jogging and running in the morning. 

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

Most of the time should be spent on study which is the main purpose we go to universities, but do spare some time with your new friends as it is never too old to learn but it is hard to have such close friends and this relaxing mood after leaving campus.

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

I am writing my doctoral dissertation. It is the kind of thing that needs a carefully planned schedule and time distribution.

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

There is not much I can say at this point,  hopefully I can figure it out after I graduate.

What University activities are you still involved with and why do you volunteer?

I just volunteered for the role of International Alumni Ambassador. I enjoyed my campus life  in Reading and hoping that I can share my perfect and memorable experience with the other and the future alumnus.

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

I remember the times I spent with my friends studying and chatting in Reading. The time in Reading is a colourful period in my life and I will never forget.  

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