Is This a Way to Get a Job?
I landed in England a week ago and am finally getting over the jet lag and readjusting to the different culture over here. Lots of "Oh yeah, that's right!" moments such as remembering bathroom light switches are on the outside of the door (Unless it's a pull cord that looks exactly like the alarm cords in US bathrooms) and that each electrical outlet has its own on/off switch. No wonder my laptop didn't charge up!
I've been sending out CVs and networking with established contacts here. It's all rather time consuming. I took note that the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Conference (Physiotherapy UK 2013) is the beginning of October in Birmingham. Seems to me like that would be a great place to get noticed, put CVs into some peoples' hands, and be an efficient catch-up on everything going on with current UK practice and policy.
With the amount of change going on here in the NHS and privatization of a lot of healthcare, being away for a year has put me at a disadvantage. The seminars are broken up into four major categories: Health policy and practice, musculoskeletal, neurological, and rehabilitation. I'll be spending most of my time in the first one, I think.
How fruitful have other readers found APTA conferences in terms of finding opportunities or truly expanding your knowledge base? I'll let you know how this goes. In the meantime, I haven't heard back about the complaint I filed and I need to follow up on it. I think I know what next week's post will be about.