Sending a CV to a British Organisation

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Andy in Germany, 14 Jun 2018.

  1. There's an outside chance I may need to work in the UK again after 18 years in Germany, (only child, parents getting older et, c) so alongside making a CV for applications here, I'm trying to prepare a CV that fits in a Scottish context.

    I'm trained in Germany as a cabinet maker and 'Arbeitserzieher' which translates literally as "Work Educator" in a UK context this would be an occupational therapist, social worker, or adult education teacher. I also have a US based theatre qualification and plenty of relevant experience in youth theatre.

    I'm focusing on Further Education colleges or technical colleges, as I can't find much in the way of occupational therapy. Places exist but they seem to be mostly voluntary which rather defeats the object.

    Advice online seems to be to tailor the CV to the Job, but I'm sending what in Germany is an 'initiative application' so I don't know if there's a job available, which makes this a bit hard.

    Any thoughts how I could tailor this to a UK employer?

    Before someone points put the obvious, I'll translate it first...
     
  2. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    In your shoes I would find a career coach in Scotland to help you make the most of your skills, qualifications and experience.

    Re occupational therapy, in the UK I am told they work mainly in the NHS.
     
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  3. Rowano

    Rowano Regular

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    You can always phone if you have the number? Far more personal than a CV arriving. Just be honest, tell them your skills, that you have identified the company as a place you would be able to work and contribute, is there any jobs available?
     
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    Andy in Germany

    Andy in Germany Über Member

    Thanks for the replies, here and on private messages.

    That makes me think that an OT in the UK is more like an ergotherapist, which is a similar job but slightly different: they are medically trained (muscles and motor skills) and we are trained to coach and train people. We work in areas from workshops for people with disabilities through to technical colleges. I've wondered about trying for a place teaching carpentry in a tech college, or an adult learning centre training in 'soft skills'.

    Brilliant, thanks for that, I'll contact them. That would answer the question about the differences/similarities between a German 'Arbeitserzieher' and British OP

    [QUOTE 5276459, member: 45"]How about starting with agency work to get your foot in the door?[/QUOTE]

    Mainly because I need to have a full time job that pays above a certain threshold for my wife to get a visa. I'm aware this may be a tall order, and if it proves impossible there are lots of jobs here...
     
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  5. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
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    I think you are right about occupational therapists being about muscles and motor skills. The term 'occupational therapist' is probably outdated from the time most jobs were manual. Physical rehabilitation therapist would be more accurate.

    If your wife is German she can come here to work under EU rules and does not have to rely on a spousal visa.

    Agency work is a good suggestion. It's better paid than normal work and will help you explore what is out there and help you start to build a network of contacts.
     
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    Andy in Germany

    Andy in Germany Über Member

    Thanks again for the suggestions...

    My wife is Japanese. She has a visa for Germany based on my UK, now UK/ German nationality, so that's safe, but for her to come to the UK I need to be earning in a steady job, so I don't think I can do agency work because that wouldn't be considered 'secure' enough.

    [QUOTE 5277685, member: 45"]OT is a term that needs to be reviewed. It's not just about dream catchers and basket weaving. There's a huge sector of OTs who work under the Care Act for Local Authorities in assessing for and providing aids and adaptations in the home.[/QUOTE]

    That's good, it sounds more like an Arbeitserzieher qualification and less like an Ergotherapist.

    @User : Thanks for the RCOT link -I missed it last time,and it describes pretty much the same as what I learned, with the exception that we also learn how to teach a class, so I'm qualified to teach in a tech college or adult learning college, either special needs, or woodwork, or soft skills, et c.

    Which raises the question, what do you call such colleges in Scotland? I've found some by typing in variations of 'technical college' or 'adult learning' into google, but I could be missing something...
     
  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    Nogland
    IIRC, @Night Train, who occasionally graces CC with his presence, has experience in this field - both as a skilled woodworker and teacher of said skill.

    Maybe you could ask for some advice.
     
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  8. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    In England they are Further Education colleges or FE colleges. No idea about Scotland.
     
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