Pagan, Postgraduate Admissions Administrator, University of Reading

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    Pagan

    Sociology (BSc 2014)

    Postgraduate Admissions Administrator, University of Reading

Since leaving Bristol…

When I graduated I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I started working in a café for a few months whilst I figured out what my next step should be. I had a vague idea that I wanted a career in HR but, with very little experience on my CV, I wasn’t sure how to get started. At around Christmas a great opportunity emerged to work as an intern in the Careers Service at Bristol. Working in the Careers Service was great. I experienced a range of things from working at the front desk, to writing for the online blog, to helping out at Career events. Whilst I am no longer pursuing a career in HR, the internship really helped me to boost my CV. It also made me realise how much I enjoyed working in Higher Education.

In my current job…

I’m currently working in the Admissions Office at the University of Reading. I work in the postgraduate team so my main duties involve processing decisions made on masters and PhD applications and answering queries from applicants. I love my job as I talk to people from all over the world every day and help them make their dreams of coming to Reading a reality. 

Having a UoB degree…

Whilst I didn’t necessarily require a degree for my current job, I am sure it helped me stand out due to the reputation of a Bristol degree. Furthermore it was a requirement to have a degree for the Careers Service internship and, without that experience on my CV, I’m not sure I would have been hired for the Admissions role. 

Hints/tips…

Make the most out of the extra-curricular opportunities that Bristol offers. As a student I frequently worked as a steward on Open days and that student-facing, customer service experience definitely helped me to secure my two most recent jobs.