Oliver Ratcliffe graduated from the University of Reading in 2015 with a first-class degree in English Literature and Politics. During his degree, he started preparing for his future career by making the most of every opportunity available to him.
Upon finishing his degree, he was President of the Students' Union (RUSU), worked in the University of Reading's international campus in Malaysia, gained experience in an education charity, and is now employed as a writer for TalkPolitics, a thinktank dedicated to challenging voter apathy amongst young people.
GAINING work experience whilst studying
Oliver got involved with numerous societies and took part in many different societies to create additional skills and experience for his CV.
"I got very involved with extra-curricular activities, throwing myself into student media and political-cause societies in particular. I knew I wanted to work in politics or journalism, so I was able to host my own radio show, run my own news team and get involved with campaigns I cared about."
UTILISING key skills from your studies
Each of Oliver's jobs since leaving university have required the skills he learned whilst studying. As President of the Students' Union he talked to students every day in Reading and during his time on the Malaysia Campus.
In using the skills he picked up during his degree, Oliver has landed many exciting and challenging jobs and is building his career within industries he has a passion for.
"I have had a few jobs since graduating, but in none of them have I been stuck in an office!"
"Communication has been key for my career, and I feel my English degree helped me with this hugely!"
EXPERIENCING THE 'REAL-WORLD'
Oliver believes that utilising the opportunities for real-world experience during his degree has benefited his career thus far.
His advice for anyone thinking of studying English at university is:
"Try and be as career-facing as possible. So try and get some experience in the 'real-world' through placements, work experience and extra-curricular activities while studying."