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Wincci Soo Law LLB 2007

Tell us briefly about yourself and career.

I am currently a recording artiste, singer, actress, composer, chef, host, model, beauty queen and also an entrepreneur. After graduating from my law degree from The University of Reading, I pursued my MBA and in the same year I won Miss World Malaysia 2008 and represented Malaysia in the Miss World 2008 beauty pageant. Since then, I have launched 7 albums which have won me numerous awards in the Asian Music Scene and I have acted in various dramas and movies in Asia. In 2013, I was selected by Hollywood's Independence Critics as the world Top 100 most beautiful women in the world. In 2013, I took over my artistes management company "Beyond Artistes". Apart from my entertainment career, I did my PhD studies part time.

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

The system and syllabus is being recognised world wide. Also, I love the staff and teachers there as they are very helpful. Besides that, all the facilities and infrastructures are really advanced and complete.

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

I love the atmosphere of the University and also the hospitality. Moreover, the university is very strategic in its location as it is not far away from London and also has peaceful surroundings.

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

It is important to craft a dream and then go full force into whatever you are studying. Also, get involved in activities or select some electives which are totally different from your main course. This is important to get some other perspectives and also grow other talents or skills which might be applicable in your workforce.

How did you benefit from spending a year abroad / a year in industry?

Spending just 2 years abroad enlightened me and broaden my horizons. Most importantly we submerge into the local culture and to expand our circle of friends.  Moreover, I learnt to be independent and also I became more courageous in pursuing my wildest dreams.

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

In this Oct 2016, I will be receiving my "Dr" title as a result of completing my six years of PhD research. I will be the first and youngest Malaysian Beauty Queen who has received a PhD in business administration.

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

Determination, Patience and Loads of Courage.

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

It has helped me to be independent in crafting my own career path; rather than following the usual path, I have crafted my own unique path.

What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Dare to fail and dare to take up challenges. Patience and determination is the key.

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

The best memory ever is that my friend and I set up the Malaysian Society for Reading University and I was the first ever producer for Reading Malaysian Night. I remember at that time I was busy during the day with my studies and every night I spent at least 5 hours non-stop coaching my fellow law mates in performing and at the end we produced a great show for the audience.