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|Subject: South Africa|
Posted May 7, 2007 by Z
|In 9 hours time I have a job interview (via telephone) from South Africa, I've been informed by the agency that I'm the only applicant and they are 'very impressed' with my CV. I'm still scared they won't want me. |
So why am I going somewhere with more crime, a worse health service, and pay of a 1/3rd what I'm getting now?
I don't really see any point in emigrating somewhere pretty much the same as the place that you live. I want to see the world, and see all of it - not just one part. I never travelled as a student, apart from one trip interailling around Europe and always felt rather jealous of my friends who had been to Thailand, or Kenya.
Despite what it seems like, even as a you can't just get a job in Africa. VSO, and the Red Cross want doctors who are fully trained and can go and run a hospital single handed. I don't have the experience to do that!
So I'm going to some where in South Africa where there is a bit more support but more experience than I'll get in the Uk. I want to do HIV medicine so South Africa really is the place to get lots more experience than you can get in the UK.
If it wasn't for Patsty Hewitt messing up Junior Doctors training I would have stayed on the Uk training treadmill. Because there probably isn't going to be jobs for us all here it's rather forced me to think what I really want from life, and see beyond the next mortgage repayment.
I'll probably look back and be glad I went, even though it feels scary at the moment.
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