John is going to meet a contact he made through an old work colleague, they have been e-mailing, he's seen John's cv and is keen to meet him. Nothing promised but will give John an idea of what to expect.
I think that if you contact a few employers and just ask to come in for a chat and an overview of the industry, to get their advice, it seems that they are much more likely to see you and who knows? Something may come if it. My advice would be give it a go.
Hi Leigh and Nick, Rachel and Jeff
Welcome to you all. PIA is a great site to get to know people and learn so much. Someone always seems to know the answers to your questions no matter how silly you think they are.
Good Luck with the processes.