Andy Kowalski Consulting
Andy studied part-time at the former Leicester Polytechnic, gaining a HNC in Chemistry whilst at the same time working as a technician at Loughborough University. He has gain a wealth of experience working in Organic, Inorganic, Analytical and Microbiology sections within the department.
In 2001 Andy was promoted to co-management of the departmental store. Whilst there, he computerised the numerous manual systems that were in place. By 2004 he was the sole manager of the departmental store.
In 2004 Andy commenced further part-time study in Management at Loughborough College, followed by a diploma in Coaching and Mentoring in 2005.
Andy has sat on the University’s Health, Safety, Environment, Equality and Diversity sub-committies as a Unite Union representative. He has also sat on job evaluation panels as part of the University’s Operations Committee.
Son of a second world war refugee, Andy is fluent in Polish and has assisted many visiting students during their time in the UK and still does.
Andy has worked as a volunteer in the Loughborough Polish community centre for more than 40 years. He has also represented the community as liason with the local Charnwood Brorough Council.
Andy has also mentored students via the Brightside Trust, an initiative organised at Loughborough University via the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2007
A Letter from Dr. Pawel Lukasik
To whom it may concern:
Re. Andrzej Kowalski
I would like to recommend that you consider Andrzej Kowalski for the Coaching and Mentoring position at your university. I have known Andrzej for 2 years. He has volunteered to help me find a job when I struggled to find one.
In my experience Andrzej distinguished himself as a very helpful and trustworthy person. He is well known for his attention to detail and conscientious attitude which resulted in finding a job for me within just 1 month. In addition to that, I was advised to change the format of my CV to make it more recognizable and valuable to my future employers. He is well respected throughout both the industry and academia for getting things done and for his ‘can do’ approach in challenging difficulties. These traits make the difference as I was always kept positive and motivated.
In view of the qualities outlined above, I would heartily recommend that you accept Andrzej for this position. He would amply repay trust placed in him and would prove to be an asset to the university.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Pawel Lukasik
Ewa was unsure of the direction to take for a career. Ewa came to Andy and through a series of PEST, SWOT and PSI analysis he was able to provide sound advice. Andy also reviewed her CV and provided a number of options for her to take A levels and University positions. Through Andy’s help and her own hard work, Ewa was accepted into medical sciences and commenced studies this year.
Pawel graduated from the University of Szczecin, Poland and further graduated with a PhD from the University of Nottingham. He was seeking new opportunities and so went to Andy for advice and career counselling. After reviewing and improving his presentation skills with Andy he was able to secure a position with a chemical supplier, using contacts Andy provided.
Andrzej was referred to Andy by a relative as he was unsure of the pathway he should take after his studies. Andy gave Andrzej confidence and direction by reviewing his CV and giving him pointers that helped him finish his Master’s degree at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznam. Andrzej is now more confident in the direction his life is taking.
Grace was a Masters student at Loughborough University who came to Andy to get some coaching on how to optimise her skills and focus her plans for the future. Grace is more confident and focussed from the help provided by Andy.
Paul Allen / coaching reference
Paul was a mature senior research chemist who suddenly found himself out of work due to a closure. He came to Andy who was able to help identifiy strong points of his CV and provide direction to take him back into employment.
The case studies detailed above provide a glimpse of a few of the people Andy has helped through career consultancy and personal development coaching over the years.
In addition to the above, Andy has been providing coaching and mentoring to his clients and also done some Group work with DMU’s Careers and Employability Service helping students with skills needed to get into work.
He is also engaged with the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) in providing mentoring help for a young man hoping to study Biosciences, this is done by email.