There’s a big difference between five minutes and five years, we all know that, but Mathew Morgan can really put it into perspective with his inspiring story.
You see, when Mathew (26) was made redundant from his job in renewable energy five years ago, he was left with a niche degree, limited prospects within his chosen sector, a mortgage to pay and a wife that needed his support (she was studying to be veterinary nurse).
In fairness, given the circumstances, the outlook was bleak.
Always buy your round
As luck would have it, Mathew was scheduled to attend an end of seasons award night with his local tennis club. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to meet with some familiar faces, he decided, despite his troubles, he would go along.
As a committee member, team captain and recent recipient of Young Volunteer of the Year in the Yorkshire Tennis Awards for his work with Mirfield Tennis Club, Mathew had a strong profile within the local sporting community.
Finding that it was his round at the bar, Mathew’s friends suggested he forfeit this one given his circumstances. He said he would prefer not to and that’s when our very own Marcus Walsh offered to give him a hand to carry them back to the table.
You can learn skills, personality is a different matter
Being aware of the situation that Mathew was faced with, but also his recent achievements outside of work and the fact that he was well liked within the community, Marcus asked if he had ever considered a career in architecture.
With no qualifications or experience and not believing himself to be the most creative person, it didn’t seem like an obvious step for Mathew.
He was finding things tough and didn’t know which way to turn. But was honest with Marcus and said he didn’t have the transferable skills and couldn’t draw. He admitted architecture had never been on his radar and although he had done a module in Sustainable Architecture, he hadn’t done all that well in it.
Against all odds
Despite Mathew’s reservations, Marcus encouraged him to consider a change in career. After all, the renewable energy sector in West Yorkshire at the time wasn’t exactly awash with opportunity.
What Mathew couldn’t see – that Marcus could – was his personality, work ethic, transferable skills, extra skills and knowledge that would add to the business and his desire to be the best he could be.
As a result of that five-minute chat, Mathew was offered a position as Assistant Technician joining the practice in January 2017.
In addition to the position, MWA agreed to support Mathew as he completed a degree at Leeds Beckett University, covering the fees and giving him day release throughout the four-year course.
We are very pleased to announce that today, Mathew is a BSc Architectural Technology (First Class) and is continuing his career with MWA.
He admits that his journey was not an easy one and that financially things were a struggle, particularly when he was having to juggle studying in the evenings and at weekends with being a husband and a dad!
All we can say is that we knew he had it in him and we are pleased to be celebrating his success. Not only has he secured a First Class degree, he has been nominated for awards within the School of Build Environment, Engineering and Computing.
We look forward to the next chapter in this story.
Oh, and the drinks are on you Mathew!
What Mathew couldn’t see - that Marcus could - was his personality, work ethic, transferable skills, extra skills and knowledge that would add to the business and his desire to be the best he could be.