Spotlight on Talent – James

At Evenbreak, we are always amazed at the talent within our candidate pool, and will be showcasing some of our candidates. If you are an employer looking for talent, watch this space!

Today we are putting the spotlight on James. Here are his answers to our questions:

What kind of role would your skill-set and experience make you ideally suited for?

 From 1989 to 2018, I was a teacher of EAP (English for Academic Purposes), ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and General English, mostly at University level in the Middle East and Turkey. During this period (1995 – 2000), I worked in Sales and Marketing in ELT (English Language Teaching) Publishing in Turkey and all Middle East. I have held 2 management positions in University, was IELTS (International English Proficiency exam) Assessor from 2007 – 2013, and presented twice at international ELT conferences in UK and Poland in 2015.

Before I was a teacher, I worked in Customer Relations. In 2016, I made a film and am currently involved in story-telling, preparing teaching materials in book form and am writing a novel.

 I hold a Masters in Education, teaching qualifications and a PG Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management. My skillset, therefore, is varied.  While it focuses mostly on teaching, and all the skills that entails, the kind of role I am seeking is something pedagogic, creative and developmental. 

What qualities do you have that would make an employer really want to employ you?

Primarily, I have teaching and presentation skills, but I am also competent in using computer, mostly Word, Excel, Powerpoint, web-browsing, Podcasting and Film-making software. In addition, I am confident in customer-facing roles.

 I feel I am experience-rich, culturally aware, determined, conscientious, positive and extremely honest and reliable.

In June 2018, I was diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. This is progressive but only affects my balance and walking and not cognitive skills, nor experience and knowledge.

What would a prospective employer need to do to access your talent?

Since my diagnosis, which came as rather a shock, I have been unemployed but have spent my energies trying to fight against my condition. I am therefore immediately available. 

A prospective employer would need to offer a challenging, interesting and creative role, taking advantage and demanding the skills I have to offer. In return, I would offer all my experience and all the qualities I feel I have. In short, I am open to be inspired.

If any employer would like to access James’s talent, please get in touch with Jane on janeh@evenbreak.co.uk. There is no recruitment fee (we aren’t an agency – we just want to demonstrate the talent that employers are missing out on if they ignore disabled candidates!)

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