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Soledad Muñiz (MSc Communication for Innovation and Development 2008)

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I am an international Participatory Video practitioner, trained with InsightShare, the global leaders in the use of Participatory Video for social change. I work frequently for InsightShare and have over 5 years’ experience researching, planning and implementing numerous Participatory Video projects, with a strong understanding of the application and potential of the tool in a range of contexts.

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

The structure of the MSc programme and the experience of Professor Chris Garforth made me chose the University of Reading.

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

I was delighted by the multidisciplinary of the school and professors as well as being able to share with other postgraduate students from around 50 other countries. And I loved the woods!

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

Make the most of your time at the university. Focus on studying, enjoying campus life and getting to know your diverse peers and professors. Immerse yourself in the learning experience, learn from your classmates and let your mind fly!

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

I now specialise in participatory communication with particular skill and experience in deploying Participatory Video as a tool to monitor and evaluate international development programmes. I focused my dissertation on this topic and helped me connect with key experts and players in the sector. That's how it all started.

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

For all those without previous experience in development, it's important to research, find experts you want to follow, identify your key interests and skills and make connections while you are a student.

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

The GIIDAE institute at the University has definitely helped me find my core interests through the modules and dissertation. The guidance of professors and particularly Professor Chris Garforth was essential to find the area I was interested in.

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

Research, connect, follow other experts. Use social media for that. Twitter, LinkedIn blogs and bloging groups are great places to network and learn from others that have been in the same position in the past.

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

I just feel that giving even £5 a year is a symbol of appreciation for all that the University was able to provide me while I was a student. It can contribute to guarantee that someone else has a place to study there

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

When I think about the University of Reading three things come immediately into my head: new knowledge, great friends and new dreams. Every time I felt extremely excited about new ideas, happily challenged by the profound debates in the classes, sad or melancholic I went for a stroll to the woods. The woods have been always a place to find peace.

 

 

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