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Tricia Oakes (Visiting Student 1997)


After eight years of working in the private rehabilitation consulting sector in the US, I began a new career in marketing, social media management and content creation.

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

My home university had an exchange program with the University of Reading. I liked the proximity to London and the large Visiting Students' program.

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

Living in a different country, albeit and English speaking one, was one of the best things I've ever done. I came back a different and better person, and I think about my experiences there every day.

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

Study hard, go to class, and enjoy yourself. Even though it may seem like the uni experience is stressful, you will never be this young and free again. You should also spend at least one term abroad. It's an amazing experience.

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

After years of working the rehabilitation industry, I was burnt out. I chose to stay home with my children after they were born and I now run a thriving social media management business and enjoy a vibrant writing career.

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

Find a mentor. Read everything you can. Practice writing as much as you can.

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

Since I was a Visiting Student and I attended graduate school in the US after finishing at my home undergraduate university, I didn't utilize the Careers Centre.

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

Be humble. You don't know as much as you think you do, but you'll learn quickly and your career will blossom.

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

I can't narrow it down to one single memory, but I'm forever grateful to the university for creating such a welcoming and helpful Visiting Students program. It truly made me a better citizen of the world, and provided me with an education of cultures and travel opportunities that I cherish.


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