A senior employee at Lincolnshire housebuilder Chestnut Homes has reaped the benefits of combining work and study after graduating with a first-class honours degree.

Rob Beeson, 28, has worked as a Senior Architectural Technologist at Chestnut Homes since 2017, heading up a team of three responsible for various elements of the housebuilding process, from managing the workload of sites to overseeing planning applications and building regulations.

In addition to working full time, Rob has spent the last five years studying part-time for a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology at Sheffield Hallam University.

And he says that continuing to work alongside his studies enabled him to get the most out of the course, something which is already proving beneficial in his day job.

Having previously completed both a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and The Built Environment at Lincoln College, he was able to go straight into the second year of his degree course.

Juggling a degree and a full-time job can be a stressful experience. The workload can be challenging, but overall, I have been able to manage my time well thanks to the help of my team.

Being able to work while studying allowed me to draw on practical, everyday experiences that I may not have otherwise had, and apply these examples in class discussions and coursework.

While working allowed for greater insight into my studies, my degree has helped me improve my technical ability and software skills.

Rob Beeson

Rob had previously worked for Chestnut Homes as an Architectural Technician for three years between 2013 to 2016, before leaving to work in a different field

He returned to the company in 2017, having missed both the nature of the work and the strong team spirit which exists among the workforce.

Chestnut Homes have been incredibly helpful in supporting me throughout my degree.

I really like this role as it’s never boring. You are rarely doing the same thing every day as you are involved in every step of the housebuilding process.

There is a real family feel to working for Chestnut Homes that you just don’t get working anywhere else. We are more than just a team; we really support one another.

Rob Beeson

On behalf of everyone here at Chestnut Homes I would like to congratulate Rob on achieving a first-class honours degree.

Rob is a valued member of the team. He is a dedicated, hardworking employee, and his commitment to studying while continuing to work full-time was extremely impressive.

At Chestnut Homes, we are committed to helping our employees grow and develop their skills. This is something that can only benefit our people as individuals and the company as a whole.

David NewtonManaging Director

For more information about careers at Chestnut Homes, visit chestnuthomes.co.uk.