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The Professional Track

The Professional Track is an exciting professional development scheme. We offer a huge range of courses, placements and professional networking opportunities which provide you with skills and experiences.

The Professional Track will help you to build up your CV and skillset throughout your degree, allowing you to be fully ready for professional success by the time you graduate.

Uniquely, it works on a hop-on hop-off basis. You can choose the opportunities which appeal to you, all of which are CV-worthy, without being committed to completing the whole award.

If you complete, however, you will receive an additional certificate that will run alongside your degree and list all the amazing things you've done. This opportunity is open to all students in the School of Literature and Languages (including non-owned joint honours students).

what are the benefits?

  • It boosts your CV with certified, professional courses, run in your own department.
  • It enhances your professional network and enables you to hone your vocational and academic skills through academic placements.
  • It allows you to explore career areas.
  • You could become part of a professional body whilst you are still at university.

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During the 2016-7 academic year the following courses were offered:

  • Assertiveness
  • Introduction to British Sign Language
  • Deaf awareness
  • English Language Teaching taster day
  • First Aid
  • Introduction to marketing
  • Introduction to teaching
  • Journalism
  • Leadership
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management
  • Report writing
  • Social media
  • Starting your own business
  • Teaching English and a foreign language
  • Technology in the workplace

Summer 2017

  • Introduction to British Sign Language
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Introduction to Business Accounting
  • Writing a Good Business Plan

We always respond to student requests for new training courses, and will update provision accordingly.

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Pictured above: students completing group work at the report writing course.

How to complete The Professional Track


It's as easy as 3, 2, 1:

strand3smallComplete three training course

strand2smallComplete two placements

strand1smallPartake in one University Scheme



You can complete the scheme at any point during your undergraduate or postgraduate course. You are welcome to "hop-on" and "hop-off" the track at any point. If you decide to do a course in the first term of Part 1, and then come back for a placement in your last term of Part 3, that's fine! You can pick and choose which activities you like without any obligation to complete. However, you might find that qualifying activities mount up more quickly than you expect, and we are keen to credit your own professional development activities outside of the University too.

We prefer at least one of your placements to be an academic placement. You can find out more about academic placements here.


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We want you to have a choice. We are in contact with a range of professional bodies so that our students are offered the chance to join whichever body best suits their career goals:

•Chartered Institute of Journalists •Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) •Chartered Institute of Linguists (IoL) •Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) •Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) •Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) •Chartered Management Institute (CMI) •Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) •Royal Society of Arts (RSA) •Archives and Records Association (ARA) •Arts Marketing Association (AMA) •British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) •Institute for Learning (IfL) •Museums Association (MA) •Society of Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)

Any questions?  

If you have any queries about the Professional Track, or would like to talk about how it might work for you, please contact a member of the team on their email addresses below:

Dr Cindy Becker: Professional Track and Placements Coordinator (

"One of thDr Cindy Beckere greatest pleasures in my professional life is to see our students grow from early university learners to accomplished graduates, fully ready and prepared for a successful career. We know that the Professional Track is a significant factor in this transformation, and I am proud to be part of it."


Sarah Mills : Placement Facilitator (

 "sarahmillssmallI completed an academic placement, here at the University of Reading when I was an undergraduate.  My placement opened so many doors and opportunities for me and so I find it is extremely satisfactory and rewarding, knowing that I can help students gain the same  invaluable experience."


 Lucy Stone: Professional Track Facilitator (


"I have always had a passion for education, having completed my degree in English at  the University of Nottingham in 2012, as well as my teacher training qualification in 2014.

This scheme encourages students to think widely about the range of opportunities available, and I wholeheartedly enjoy supporting students in each step of their journey towards their ideal career".

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