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Xiaochu Liu ( MSc Applied Meteorology 2008)


I came from mainland China and finished my taught Masters degree in Applied Meteorology in 2008. Now I am an operational weather forecaster at a local meteorology observatory in mainland China.

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

Actually, I had several choices in 2007. But, as the MSc advisor said, Reading is the perfect place if you choose to study Meteorology. What he said was right.

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

The actual MET department: the academic circumstances, the relations with MET office and ECMWF and the cafe corner on the 1st floor. About the University and Reading: very beautiful campus and town. 30 mins to London...

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

Enjoy the student life and spend some time in the Library.

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

I chose my career path and I have been trying to make my work meaningful and helpful to the public.

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

The MET department had some courses related to career prospects.

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

Prepare yourself fully. When doing your work and studies, take on information and knowledge, but remember to have confidence in your own opinion as well.

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

I am very proud of being an UoR graduate. The year I spent in the MET department has been one of my best memories.


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