Catching up – Oslo and Interviews
Apologies for not posting for a while, but it has been a crazy (and wonderful) week! Last Wednesday my boyfriend, Ben, had an interview for an internship near London, and so we spent a long day in the car going down for that. On Thursday, we both had lots of work to do and we had to pack, because as I mentioned, we headed to Oslo, Norway for a long weekend to visit friends from Friday (super early in the morning) to Monday. We were greeted by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg (picture below).
He may have had another reason for coming out of the palace right when we arrived ;-), but it was good timing and a good start to the trip, and Ben and I had a really wonderful weekend. It was a much-needed break for both of us.
I was also soooooooooo incredibly happy to see some of my favourite friends again! I met my Norwegian friends when we were all studying at the University of Auckland in New Zealand six years ago, and we have managed to stay in touch ever since. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see everyone this trip, but we stayed with Mariann and Lars-Erik and their incredibly beautiful, sweet little girl, Mali, and they treated us like visiting royalty with amazing food, drinks, conversation, music, movies, sight-seeing, and relaxation. We were waited on hand and foot! We also got to see Erik for dinner on Saturday night, which was especially nice since it was his birthday on Sunday so we got to have a birthday toast just after midnight. Erik, Lars-Erik, and Mariann, if any of you happen to read this, thank you again sooo much for making our visit to Oslo so much fun. We really hope to see you again very soon!
A few more Oslo pictures for your viewing pleasure…
The Fram – the ship used by several very famous early polar explorers, which is on display in a museum in Oslo.
Ben and me at the top of Holmenkollen ski jump.
Views from the top of Holmenkollen at sunset
I am currently on the train from London back up to Manchester, as I had an interview for a job in central London this morning. I left the house at 6:20am, took a train from near Manchester at 6:59, arrived in London at 8:52am, walked for about 45 minutes – stupidly, in uncomfortable shoes so my heels are rubbed raw – to the location of my interview, waited in the lobby for about 45 minutes, spent an hour in the interview, and then headed back to the train station (via bus this time given my sore feet) and hopped on a train! This job isn’t 100% perfect, as I would be working as a Rehabilitation Assistant rather than as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist, but I would be working with patients with a range of neurological and other health problems, and I think I would enjoy the work very much. So, I think I will just wait and see if they offer me the job and then I will go from there.
I am now feeling quite tired, but I am enjoying the train journey, and I think the interview went well. I think I am finally starting to get the hang of NHS job interviews, although it has taken a bit of time. I think I have definitely improved at writing NHS applications, at least, because my ratio of applications to interviews has gone up significantly in recent weeks. I also have another interview on Monday which is in the London area, but not in central London, and it is an Assistant Clinical Psychologist position. However, I think I would need to drive for that position, and I don’t have my full UK licence yet. So again, I probably just need to wait and see. I was actually also offered an interview in Staffordshire on Monday, 12th December, but I am not available, and they are unable to reschedule the interview for me. I am hoping to write a post on NHS applications and interviews in the future, as I feel that they have a unique style and focus, which took me a while to figure out. Although I am not yet working in the NHS, I have been offered one position, and I have learned many things through the feedback I have received – some of which has been quite unexpected! Therefore, through sharing the things I have learned so far, other people may be able to avoid making the same mistakes as me. The only problem will be if I help my competitors and they get the jobs instead of me! 😉
Do you have any tips for job applications and/or interviews – particularly for jobs within the NHS or for jobs in the healthcare sector?