Thursday, 10 September 2009

Another one bites the dust

or that should be 'another dream eats the French crotte'.

Interesting fact of the day: Every single person who works in a pharmacy in France was educated in France. I know this very interesting point as I was told yesterday that under law 45b, sub law 22g blah that no foreign diploma will allow access to the BTS 'working in a pharmacy'. So, it's official, my searching, reflection and work done with my bilan lady over the last three months has been a big fat waste of time. Woopi-doo. I now know I'd like to work in a pharmacy, but in fact will never be possible. Ever.

Thank you France once more for this beautiful moment in my life.
There are only so many times you can pick yourself out of the crotte before it starts to stick for good.


Amber said...

I'll throw a pity party for you and me. I can't believe that it took them 3 months to come to that conclusion.
I'm having some bad luck here too. This country knows just where to kick you when you are already down.

Ksam said...

On the positive side, at least you didn't pay 500€ to have someone translate the syllabus of every single course you've ever taken, and then wait 15 months for answer, only to have them tell you that no, sorry, France does not recognize foreign "paramedical" degrees, even though you have a Bac+4 and in France the equivalent is a BTS. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

You *could* always do the pharmacy BTS though - I did the first year of mine, but stopped once I realized it would never get me the kind of jobs I wanted anyways.

Emmy said...

Yea, I can do the BTS but I can't take the exam at the end which allows me to work in a pharmacy. Logic? France? Like I'd do it just for the craic?!

I gave all my modules to the CIEP to get an equivalence, coughed up 55euros only to get the attestation to say they don't do equivalences. Logic? France?

I honestly don't know what I'm going to do... It seems it's up to the gods whether or not I'll ever find a half decent job in France and that just doesn't cut it for me.

Emmy said...

Amber - email me whenever you get the time and we can swap notes about the North!

Ksam said...

Are you 100% sure you can't take the exam? That seems really odd to me since there's an EU directive that states that the concours have to be open to all EU citizens (like the CAPES now is).

Emmy said...

According to Mr Rectorat - no, I can't take the exam. I agree with the EU thing, as does every official I've met in France, exccept the ones that count Mr or Madame Education Departement.

Ksam said...

I've been thinking about this all day and I'm really pissed off for you - they are clearly breaking the law here. If I was you, I'd think about fighting this, either by asking the person that did your bilan de compétences help you find the EU directive stating they have to let you sit the exam, or by contacting one of the following organizations:

If you can print out and show them the actual directive stating you have the right to take it, then they can no longer deny it. Seriously, don't let them beat you down - you are definitely within your legal rights by wanting to do this!

Rachel said...

Pants pants pants pants PANTS!!

I'll check the legality of this with some of my clever colleagues Emmy, fear not. It smacks of indirect discrimination based on grounds of nationality, which is highly illegal and the European Court of Justice have recently passed a ruling on it to reinforce the case law so I'm sure if you wanted to fight this you could. Will get all the facts and let you know.

Remember you have lots of other good options though!! :)

Ailleurs... call me this weekend? xxx

Canedolia said...

I'm with the others on this one - I know what you're experiencing happens all the time in France, but I really hope you can fight it. It really pisses me off that the UK pours billions into the EU, only for the French to break all the laws it makes and then have the cheek to tell us we're not European enough just because Britain doesn't have the euro. Good luck!

Mil said...

I am so pissed off on your behalf. That's ridiculous. I don't have any real advice except to keep fighting if this really interests you. You should at least be able to try! What's your original degree in? How many years is a BTS in pharmacy? I suppose you must weigh the pros and cons. I'll be thinking of you. This country really is rotten to foreigners. And you're only from across the channel!

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