Construction Management

Planning for a career down under

For Construction student, Adrian Fabczak, his long-term goal of becoming an Architect was often a distant dream. However, thanks to the qualifications he has gained at Cheshire College – South & West’s Crewe Campus, his dream looks set to become a reality.

When Adrian, 23, left Poland in 2011, he chose to study at Cheshire College – South & West. Initially starting on an ESOL course, he’s now completing his BSc ‘top-up’ degree to gain a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management and has set his sights on a career in New Zealand to work as an Architect.

Speaking of his transition to the UK, Adrian commented: “It wasn’t a difficult decision to move from Poland as I always wanted to live elsewhere in the world, so when my parents decided to move to England, I jumped at the opportunity to make a life for myself here too.

“The difficult part of the process was the study. Whilst I had English lessons in Poland, I literally had to start from scratch when I arrived here. I had to really improve my English language before I was in a good enough position to begin my studies. It wasn’t easy but my tutors at Cheshire College – South & West have been amazing, they have been so supportive and immensely patient with me over the years, which has made all the difference.”

In 2017, Adrian completed his Foundation Degree in Construction, and is now on his way to completing a BSc (Hons) in Construction this year, which will enable him to progress further in his career.

Mark Jones, Student Adviser at Cheshire College – South & West said: “It’s been a privilege to get to know Adrian over the last few years through advising and helping him. He began his studies with us on the ESOL course here and since then has progressed through Level 1 and Level 3 Construction/Built Environment onto the Construction Foundation Degree and is now completing his BSc ‘top –up’ to gain a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management.

“Adrian was well suited for this course. Despite numerous barriers at the start, he has shown dedication, commitment and passion and has been an extremely conscientious student throughout his time with us.”

Adrian is currently working as an Assistant Architectural Technician for a nationwide house builder, which has allowed him to build on the essential skills he will need to progress.

He added: “Moving to New Zealand to pursue a career as an Architect only really felt possible when I finished my Foundation Degree in Construction. If last year is anything to go by, then I know my confidence and ability will continue to grow.

“I love learning, so if I could stay on I would but I think after seven years of studying, I am ready for the next chapter. I have no doubt that it will be hard work but I am looking forward to the challenge.”