Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Taking it all in...

Two job applications still in progress right now, both of which have outlasted the earlier one (not much of a challenge, I admit).

Monday saw my first meeting with the outplacement consultants and I'm pleased to report that I was very pleasantly surprised. Although he complemented me on the quality of my CV, he went on to give me some good ideas towards improving it further still and provided some fascinating insights as so better ways to launch myself into the job market.

While I'm wading through the elements of the outplacement program, I also started the first of my in-house training sessions today. I'd heard a lot of positive feedback about the Basic Laboratory Techniques course and considering I'm part of the Technical Department, I probably should have followed it up earlier. Regardless, I managed to latch on to the course today and I'm glad I made the effort - it was really interesting with the added bonus that I got to play with some kit I otherwise probably would never have done.

Next training course is week after next when I'm on a fork truck driving course - now that's one I'm really looking forward to. I've no long term ambition of becoming a fork truck driver (or lab technician for that matter) but all of this training is being laid on for free and I figure I should take the opportunity to stuff the CV with as wide a range of experiences and training as possible to make myself more employable.

In the meantime, there is another training course being planned in the background that I'm particularly excited about. I can't say too much right now as some considerable strings are being pulled to get it provided for free, but if it works out as planned, I'll certainly be telling you all about it later on...

6 comments:

delcatto said...

Hopefully the training will enhance your CV & increase your chances of getting a job. On the news yesterday the maritime industries in Hull appear to be doing well. Perhaps there will be vacancies there.
The other training course: sensible side of me thinks languages; the silly side thinks shortage of chopper pilots in Afghanistan...

delcatto said...

...or the brewing courses offered up at Sunderland!

delcatto said...

http://www.brewlab.co.uk/

delcatto said...

http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/brewing/

Even better...California.

Lena said...

Good Luck! And at least you'll not have to lie on your CV like I did to get a job once!!...lol...got the boot after the first snip!

Seany said...

Thanks for the comments

Delcatto - I'll admit that brewing is a bit more likely than the earlier MI5 suggestion. Chopper pilot? Lets see how I get on with the fork lift first!

Lena - welcome and thanks for following. Much of the picture content has now disappeared from the archives but I hope you'll find something to amuse!