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I'm not sociologist or criminologist but they will definitely ask you the usuals:
1) Why do you think you are suitable for this job?
2) What skills would you bring to this job?
3) What makes you special as a candidate?
As for the presentation they may want to test your knowledge of technical issues but more importantly assess your communication skills/ adaptability in a lecture setting.
Well I'm currently working in Canada but from the UK and my PhD is from the UK. Let me tell you at least in my field it is much much easier to get a job in Canada than it is in the UK; the pay/benefits etc.. are much higher here as well. I read that article but to be honest the writer has no experience of the PhD job market elsewhere especially in the UK and Europe. Another one of my mates (also a Brit) is currently in Ottawa teaching at two universities (slightly different field from mine but also in the social sciences). I wouldn't say the situation is so rosy but for all you PhD graduates who are struggling to find a job (let alone a decent paying and intellectually-challenging one) then Canada is a good place to come (whether to work in academia or elsewhere). That being said, I miss the UK like crazy and I'm not a big fan of the culture here and the people are not friendly.
LOL hi elflick thanks anyway yes I meet British ex-pats through Meetup.com but to be honest given how busy I am these days I don't do so as often anymore.
My brother actually did respond to my email which is great but he's not happy at his college which is not so great. At least now I know that he has no bad feelings towards me.
This leaves me with my orthodontic work to focus on and hopefully sort out the mess that is my teeth/face and start liking myself and what I see in the mirror again.
That's horrible about your sister I suggest you ignore her she probably is insecure about her looks and takes it out on you.
Remember when I was telling you I was a bit down a while ago? I had other issues going on (personal issues about how I view myself) and this I think just acted as a trigger and made things worse. Not being in the UK and the ortho didn't help either.
I've just been listening to music even at work to distract myself and sometimes it helps a little (only temporarily). In the end, it's up to him if he wants to respond or not and I realised if he hates me that's his choice- he's too shallow to get in touch and simply ask what's wrong between me and my parents.
In the meantime I have to stop stressing and do my best to sort out my ortho/self-esteem issue at present, like myself again and focus on the remaining 6 months of my job. On the bright side, things are going well at work and my boss (who's half Scottish so at least reminds me of the UK) is happy with me. Fingers crossed for both of us we get through what's bothering us and smile again!
Thanks for your lovely messages; these issues can take an emotional toll on me sometimes.
@Satchi: Thanks so much long time no chat!! The brother thing has really angered me, and I feel that my parents told my brother about my problems with them and have made me look bad, and that's why he's ignoring me. Not so rational from his end but not sure what other possibility there is. I'm meeting my ortho soon and hope to resolve the issue by the end of the summer if possible. As for the UK, I'm planning to come back for Xmas if possible but problem is fixing my ortho would cost some money so need to make sure I've got enough to come back this year or just wait till next year. Hope all is going well with you!
@Chickpea: I've got friends in Canada but not ones close enough to confide in when it comes to issues like this. One of my mates from the Uk found a teaching job in Ottawa so hopefully that'll help even if it's only for 4 months. Meeting people is easy for me I like chatting and am not an introvert- meeting people who can talk to about such issues isn't easy for me, however. Thanks for your words- I'm meeting my ortho asap and just hope my brother doesn't hate me.
@TreeofLife: Totally agree my mate in the UK is like enjoy yourself go to New York!! I'm like I'm so busy and it's just not that easy for me! I'll send my brother another email next week, but I'm thinking my parents have done the nasty thing of influencing his thoughts about me. Nothing much I can do about this as reconciling with my parents is out of the question for the time being.
With the new job it's hard to shake up my routine so solving ortho issue and liking/loving myself would be the first step in the troubleshooting process. Wish me luck
So it's been a while since I've posted anything here but try to help as much as I can when I'm online. Basically I'm 2.5 months into my new job and things going well but for the past week or so I've been immensely depressed:
1) Feeling a bit lonelier than usual here in Canada and miss my mates back in the UK
2) I'm not close to family but find myself suddenly missing my youngest brother. Sent him an email to get in touch and hasn't responded; things aren't great between me and my parents I even told them I don't want to talk to them and I think they told him and u know the drill.
3) Been doing some orthodontic work on my teeth and depressed about it- not going as well as I had hoped and it's affecting self-esteem.
Any of u guys going through similar issues and how do you deal with it?? Ironically work hasn't been causing me much stress which is weird. Appreciate any advice you can give me: I'm good when it comes to uni/PhD advice but am not so great with personal life issues. Thanks.
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