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Making a job application? 8 Years ago  
Hi all,

I'm looking for some advice. I currently work as a freelance software developer - I have done for the last fifteen years. And apart from the month around Christmas when I had my craniotomy, I haven't really had to take too much time away from work. The lab came back saying that my tumour was an Astrocytoma Grade 2 and it's in the right-frontal lobe.

But now I'm looking to move to a permanent job. The freelancing takes me all over the country and I'm finding the train travel tiring what with getting up before 6am and getting home at almost 8pm. I'm snoozing on the train some days, which is okay - but I live in Bristol and my first train of the day terminates in Edinburgh and my last train of the day terminates in Penzance, so there's plenty of scope for ending up asleep miles away from home!

I'm wondering how prospective employers would view someone with a brain tumour? The jobs I'm looking at right now are public sector, if that makes a difference. I've just had my 45th birthday and I'm starting to worry about that too now, having been out of the normal job market for so long.

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes to all,

Andrew.
 
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Astrocytoma Grade 2.
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Craniotomy 15-Dec-10.
Radiation 15-Feb-11 to 28-Mar-11.
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Re:Making a job application? 8 Years ago  
Hi andrew
Under the disability discrimination act (DDA)anyone with cancer must be treat fairly and not be discriminated against when seeking a job. more information can be found on the HSE website. (search law relating to disabled people)

Having previously worked in the public and private sectors i think you will probably find the private sector more scared of giving anyone with any disability a job.A real shame but true.
A good point in your favour is you have not had too much time off work and you could try offering to be on a short term ( say six month) contract
good luck with your search and your 46th 47th 56th 67th and 70th birthdays
 
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Re:Making a job application? 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Thanks very much KevnRach and sorry for not thanking you sooner.

The latest update on my quest for a new job is that I heard a few weeks ago that I had been successful after two sets of 2.5 hour interviews for the job I really want. I've been very excited and impatient to get started. I heard towards the end of last week that my start date would be 4th July (next monday.)

Today I received my offer letter and some extra bumf to fill in. The main body of the offer letter was as follows :

Congratulations!

We are pleased to confirm your offer of employment with ********** as a Technical Analyst, working with ***************** within the ************** Team based at **************. This offer is subject to health clearance, pre-employment screening and receipt of satisfactory references.


It's the bit I've highlighted that concerns me. They want to know all about my health and the offer is conditional on 'health clearance' (whatever that is...) I'm in a bit of a tizz right now and everything I've read seems to confirm what I've been told here and elsewhere - that someone with a brain tumour is covered by the Equality Act 2010, but I can't find that written down in black and white.

Anyway - this is just a rant. I've been on a bit of a high recently at the prospect of getting a good permanent job relatively close to home with a Government department (after years of freelancing.) But now I'm panicing that I'm going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Feel free to tell me to pull myself together.

Best wishes to everyone.

Andrew (in Bristol.)
 
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Radiation 15-Feb-11 to 28-Mar-11.
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Re:Making a job application? 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
hi andrew.
just like to wish you good luck for your scan result's
i hope all goes well with you getting that job finger's crossed for you.
take care
linda xx
 
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Re:Making a job application? 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hi Linda,

Thanks very much - I've phoned the HR department that made the offer and spoke to their equality lady who was very re-assuring. And I'm waiting for a call-back from the Macmillan expert on this sort of thing.

Best wishes,

Andrew.
 
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Radiation 15-Feb-11 to 28-Mar-11.
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Re:Making a job application? 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hi Andrew

My turn for me to say to you " keep calm and carry on"

I have read recently that the current DDA act covers Cancer patients/Survivors/sufferers so I think you should be good with the job application. I dont like to think negatively as you know, but in the slight chance you do not get the position, you must fight it! unless they can give you a valid reason that does not include your illness!

I cannot find the link to where I read about discriminating about people with cancer but I know I have read it within the last 3 weeks, and it is INCLUDED in the act!

Also keep thinking positive about your scan results and let us all know when you get them.

Take care, keep that sense of humour up and smile

Bryn
 
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Re:Making a job application? 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
hi, andrew

congrats on job, as you have not had too much time off work i dont think this will be a problem .Good idea in any public sector job is to join a union they are still realy helpfull,good luck for monday.

kevnrach
 
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Re:Making a job application? 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
hi,amdrew

hows the job going hope you are settling in well

kevin
 
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