Simoné Partner (LLB Law 2014)Tell us briefly about yourself and career.
In my final year I took an entrepreneurship project which inspired me to start a blog named Eltoria. During this module I looked into the marketing aspect of blogging and learned more about influencers. I created a business plan for my own enterprise and achieved a first for that module. I graduated with a high 2:1 and started working as a paralegal for Osbourne Clarke and then at Goughs as a property conveyancer but I realised after 3 months that this type of job wasn't for me. I moved onto working as an account manager for Siemens, and after a year of building up my contacts and social media following I was able to leave Siemens and earn a living from my blog and social media outlets. I now work full time as 'Eltoria'.Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?
I was attracted to Reading because of a number of factors. First of all, the law school at Reading is quite prestigious and I loved the idea of studying at Foxhill House, overlooking the lake. Second, I thought that it would be good to graduate from a university with good ratings such as Reading, added to the fact that the Law school is so good! Finally, the rural campus attracted me because I liked the idea of having a secure and homely place to live and study when first moving away from home- especially as I'm from the countryside!What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?
I loved campus life! I lived in St Patricks hall in my first year which was a great experience as it allowed me to live with lots of new people, eat in a communal space with everyone and have so much fun! I also really enjoyed studying and learning about many different aspects of law which I felt passionate about.What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?
I would advise first year students not to panic when the going gets tough. We all panic in first term when we get given our first assignments, and then when they are returned to us with lots of little red pen squiggles our hearts sink. But you will learn from it, and you will improve leaps and bounds - I promise!If applicable, how did you benefit from spending a year abroad / a year in industry?
I didn't do a year in industry; however, when I graduated and worked in the industry for three months, I realised that it wasn't actually what I wanted to do. I would tell anyone that it's not a bad thing to change their career path, and to learn from every experience that they have- plus, your degree will always help you in other ways.What are you up to now? How did you get there?
I am now running Eltoria full-time, together with my micropig, Milo. I was recently a presenter on the TV show Vlogglebox, and I am now starting projects with New Look, Debenhams and Premier Inn among others. It all started with my entrepreneurship module in my final year!What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?
Work hard!! It is very competitive and the market is very saturated so you need to be on the ball every day! This includes updating your social profiles, keeping your content fresh, sticking to a schedule and collaborating with other influencers and brands, plus maintaining a great relationship with your audience and viewing public.How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?
The Red Award allowed me to discuss work experience with the Careers Centre, who gave me advice and guidance regarding my CV and career path.What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?
Don't worry if you don't have a plan for when you graduate! You can go travelling, have a break, and do something fun for a bit to give your mind some rest. So many people jump into jobs that they end up disliking, so I would recommend giving yourself some space to figure out what you want to do so that you are FRESH for when you do decide what you want to do.What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?
Reading will always have a place in my heart because I lived, studied and worked there for three years! The experiences I had there, the friends I made and the immeasurable knowledge I gained will always stay with me. I now look forward to continuing my career as an award-winning beauty blogger.