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Ex-barman who came to UK with no English studying at Dagenham's CU London scoops dream job year before graduating

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 December 2019

Andor Farkas. Picture: John Adeoye

Andor Farkas. Picture: John Adeoye

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A former barman who arrived in the country with just a few possessions and no English has scooped a post-graduate job - a year early.

Andor Farkas who is studying for a business management and leadership degree at CU London in Rainham Road North, Dagenham, has landed himself a job at the CEME Conference Centre in Marsh Way, Rainham.

It comes four years after the 25-year old left his native Hungary in search of a business career after completing higher education at home.

"I felt like I had to leave Hungary to find a job that would help me to have a better life so I took the plunge and moved to the UK - it was a scary prospect but one I felt I had to do," Andor said.

After reaching London, he found somewhere to stay in Canning Town, working in hospitality in backroom roles due to his limited English.

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He got to grips with the language after moving on to bar work and after 18 months was confident enough to apply for a course at CU London, part of the Coventry University Group.

Andor has now called time as a barman, swapping pint pulling for selling event space at the conference centre part time while completing his studies.

"While the first year was all about building a foundation of knowledge, I was also able to visit different companies to gain industry knowledge.

"I knew if I was going to be successful I needed to go looking for opportunities, so I left my CV at CEME in case any vacancies became available, and it wasn't long after that I had a call inviting me for an interview."

He added he is now in the perfect position, getting paid, industry experience while being able to continue with his degree. His long-term ambition is to own and run his own business.

Andor said: "If all goes to plan then I will be the only one in my family to have a university degree, which fills me with great pride.

"If I had one piece of advice to other students, it would be to put yourself out there - ask for work experience, hand out your CV, be persistent and be prepared for change."

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