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An architecture graduate who has discovered a new career in Moray could provide motivation and advice for many others in difficult times. Adam James, 23, completed his University studies earlier this year alongside partner Nikki Robinson. While Nikki obtained a job as a teacher at New Elgin Primary School, that in itself provided a dilemma for the young couple as they took their first tentative steps into working life in Moray.
In the face of a struggling economy, Adam set about trying to find work when the couple arrived last summer but he quickly had to accept that there were simply no posts available in Architecture.
Alongside all of his compatriots during four years of University study Adam had been unable to obtain any kind of work experience and that merely made finding a job all the more unlikely. Undaunted he got to work in getting his name around likely employers and refused to give in even when only one, CM Design, invited him in for a chat. They did not have a job available either, but were intrigued enough by the clear determination of the young job seeker to chat with him about his future options.
After talking with managing director Craig Mackay, Adam said that he would rather gain work experience than sit at home waiting for the phone to ring, and so asked if CM Design might help him. A desk was found and Adam set out learning the skills and practices of the industry in the hope that this would help when the market turned for the better and jobs again became available. Fortunately for Adam, the wait ended after just a month. Staff at CM Design were so impressed that when new work came into the office they immediately offered Adam a job.
Craig Mackay said: “I think that others looking for work at the moment can perhaps take some encouragement from Adam’s story, and what they can do to get a foot in the door wherever they can.
“These are tough times that require determination and imagination to get ahead. We are delighted that Adam persevered in our case.”
The story got even better for the young couple, as bolstered by the confidence of having a new job Adam proposed to his partner Nikki, and the couple are now engaged to be married and setting down strong roots for a long-term future in Moray
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