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Mark Clay (BA European Studies and French 2010)

Biography

I currently live in London working for Crown World Mobility - a global relocation company. The company helps move people abroad, whether for personal or business reasons. My role as an Implementation Project Manager means I travel extensively around Europe, visiting and on-boarding new clients. Every day I work and speak with people of all nationalities and backgrounds, which for me is the most exciting part.

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

I chose to study at Reading due to the variety of modules I could take towards the European Studies degree. In my first year I took a beginners Japanese module and in the final year focused on Russian history. I loved the diversity.

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

I found Reading a great place to live and felt very at home during my time there. I liked the idea of studying on a campus, rather than in the centre of city like so many other Universities.

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

Get involved! If I could go back and do those years again, I would definitely get more involved in the various societies and try to contribute more on campus. I would also try not to leave essays to the last minute...

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

My year abroad was by far the highlight. It gave me the chance to live and study in France, whilst still having support from home. The benefit to my language skills was invaluable.

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

When I returned from my year abroad I set up a small company helping foreign students find accommodation in the UK. As I was looking to expand this business I decided to instead go and work for one of the larger global companies based in London and that is where I remain today.

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

Working in the Global Mobility industry is exciting, rewarding and hard work. If you love languages, travel and have a good way with people (especially stressed ones who are moving half way around the World) then I'd certainly recommend it.

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

My language skills and ability to work with all cultures, which I developed at Reading, is vital for the role I have. Also, having lived abroad I know the stresses and worries of the people that we assist have.

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

Don't panic and rush into finding the perfect job or industry you will be in for your career. I ended up working as a letting agent the first year after I graduated before moving to London. If I could go back, I would have gone to France again whilst I worked out exactly what I wanted to do.

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

Reading is where I met some of my closest friends, have the best memories and prepared me for the career I have today. I can't decide on one favourite memory, but my time in Wantage Hall will always stay with me.

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