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  1. Wireless Communications Engineer 28th March 2013

  2. Background

  3. before 2008 • (2005) B.Sc. Information and Communications Engineering (Overseas). • (2005-2007) Working for Mobile Telecommunications Company/Communication Engineer. • (2007) Left Home Country. • (2007-2008) Travelling.

  4. After 2008 • (Oct.2008) Arrived to the UK. • (Dec.2008-Feb.2009) Applications… Applications… Applications. • (Sep.2009-Jan.2011) UK Degree. • (Jan.2011-Jan.2012) Applications… Applications… Applications. • (Jan.2012-June.2012) PhD Studentship/Brunel University. • July.2012 Senior Engineer/Telecom Company!

  5. Searching for employment

  6. Employment/training • Applications – Rejection: No UK Degree! • Get a UK degree: M.Sc. (Distinction) Wireless Communications Systems. • Applications – Rejection: No UK Experience! • Get UK Experience: Voluntary work. • JCP – Constant Pressure: You have to get any job! • Applications: Admin Assist, Sales Person, Telemarketing, Cashier, Warehouse Worker, Customer Service, Data Entry … etc.

  7. Websites/agencies • Websites: • Jobsite • Total Jobs • Reed • London Jobs • Web Recruit • Evolution Jobs • Guardian Jobs • Prospects • Target Jobs … etc • Agencies • Transitions • Brook Street • Reed • Uxbridge Employment • Ingeus • JCP • IET • OLMEC … etc

  8. Getting into employment

  9. Barriers • Language - did not get an English course. • Cultural differences – Things are done differently. • CV gaps – Hard to explain in an application forms and interviews. • UK experience – Getting an unpaid Internship is as hard as getting a paid job. • UK education – Application for higher education course was rejected because of NARIC’s “Opinion” of my overseas (5 years) degree.

  10. Transitions • Excellent support • One to one meetings. • Workshops (Assessment centres, Employment process). • CV and Applications review. • Constructive and useful feedback. • National Grid Graduate Scheme. • Telecoms Employment • Application review. • Persuading the recruitment agency for feedback. • Advise prior to phone interview and assessment centre.

  11. Thank You Questions?