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International Astronomy graduate, Slawomir Bucki talks about his distance learning degree

International graduate, Slawomir Bucki, has been an amateur stargazer since his teenage years so he decided to take advantage of our distance-learning degree opportunity in Astronomy to improve his knowledge in the field.

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Prior to embarking on his degree at the University of Central Lancashire, Slawomir had 25 years professional experience from working in engineering and project management within commercial business.

Slawomir currently works as an Engineering Group Manager for Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, one of the largest and most advanced astronomical telescopes in the world. His role consists of leading and managing a team of ten engineers who support ongoing operations and projects at the telescope.

Speaking about his time at University, Slawomir said: “I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about astronomy at Higher Education level at my own pace and from a distance, whilst working full-time. The tutors were great, very knowledgeable and approachable.”

Studying has had a positive impact on Slawomir’s life, he said: “I don't think I would’ve got a job in professional astronomy without my degree. It helped to convince my employer that I am serious about working in astronomy.”

When asked what his advice would be to current students, Slawomir said:

"Pursue your passion, be patient and take advantage of opportunities. Don't wait for the perfect job and don't stick to a rigid plan. Instead, be agile and flexible and grab every opportunity life throws at you."