Cancer treatment and recovery can be a gruelling process, but many cancer survivors aim to return to the world of work. However, as Tim found out, finding work after blood cancer can be challenging.
“It was a wonderful endorsement, just to be able to reach out and get through the door, talk to somebody and make the right connection. You can’t beat a face-to-face conversation, but the challenge is, how do you get that conversation?”
Tim has a background as a Project and Programme Manager in corporate organisations. However, in 2017 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Over the course of his recovery he began to grow stronger and turn his thoughts to the future. He wanted to find work after blood cancer, but felt that a lot of his confidence had been sapped away.
He realised that the two-year gap on his CV as a result of his illness and his treatment seemed to pose an issue for potential employers, and it became a struggle to find meaningful work. Fortunately, at a routine hospital appointment, Tim’s consultant recommended Astriid. He registered as a candidate, and one day received a call from Astriid’s CEO, Steve Shutts. This led to a successful introduction with an acclaimed organisation, and then a job offer as a Senior Project Manager. Being able to find work after blood cancer has offered Tim some much-needed stability, and had a transformative effect on his feelings of self-worth too.
Here at Astriid, we match talented people with long-term health conditions with meaningful employment opportunities. We work with employers to make sure that they can meet candidates’ needs, and help candidates through all stages of their ‘work ready’ journey. You can find out more and sign up as a candidate, or an employer, by visiting our website!