The candidate's story
Job Title: Software Developer
What were the issues keeping you out of work?
I was a successful graphic and web designer, as well as an entrepreneur in Egypt. I was forced to leave by national unrest to the UK, where I was unfamiliar with the labour market. The issues I faced were my lack of knowledge of the labour market and lack of UK experience and references. I did not develop necessary technical and communication skills so I had big gaps on my CV as well as technical skills gaps. In addition, the cultural expectations are different from my experience back home, for example the importance of networking in the UK.
How did Transitions help?
Transitions helped me educate myself about the UK labour market and acquire experience and references through work placements. I was able to do a complete overhaul to my job seeking strategy and tailor my CV for each role. I got some work experience in online marketing and software development, close to one of my main skills/interests. Following a coding course paid for by Makers Academy and a three month paid work placement, I am now a UX designer, software developer at Capgemini. Placements are a great way to fill CV gaps: you gain references, keep up with new professional practices; and get a sense of the UK job market and expectations. They can ultimately lead to employment, as mine did.
How successful was your placement?
It was very successful, eventually leading to permanent employment and it helped me create a professional network. It’s good to know the people you’re working with and have a collaborative professional relationship with them. I have been able to demonstrate my identity and become confident enough to express my opinions and ideas. My job applications were 90% more effective and I feel 100% more confident to address (un)conscious bias and discrimination. Overall, I’m more optimistic about my prospects in the UK. I have had a few job offers and my economic situation has improved a lot. I recommend Transitions’ services – I wish I had known about them earlier!