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Wilkommen to my blog - my name is Karin Purshouse, and I'm a doctor in the UK. If you're looking for ramblings on life as a junior doctor, my attempts to dual-moonlight as a scientist and balancing all that madness with a life, you've come to the right place. I'm currently a doctor/research trainee in oncology after spending a year doing research in the USA. All original content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

It's nice to be important (but it's far more important to be nice)

The fire is crackling, I'm tucked under a woollen blanket and all is well!

Because I had my interview. And I did my presentation.  But the thing that has made this week AWESOME is how people who are quite important are also incredibly nice.

I once had the misfortune of working with some peers who were wholly and solely driven by getting ahead, and today was further evidence of why this is so misguided.  One of the professors who I have long held in very high esteem came to the presentation I did today. Apart from being incredibly nice about my mid-presentation epic technology fail, and asking detailed but not scary questions about my talk, he then stayed behind afterwards to discuss my interview and various other things.  This is someone I didn't know at all before I moved here 18 months ago, and is directly responsible for how I came to work in the incredible lab team I work in now.  And I am a nobody.  He is definitely a somebody.  What a complete legend.

I hope I can become someone as awesome as that when I grow up, and just be as good a person as I can be in the mean time.

(The interview, incidentally, was fine. I have no idea whether it was good, or bad, or what.  I had a great time though, and it was a great experience - nothing lost! Further evidence that you should just go for things.)

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