Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Almost there

[Originally posted on Working to Live, 30th April 2012]

When the phone rang early in the morning and I could see by the number that it was the dental practice, I was braced for the news.

The tone wasn't entirely upbeat so my heart sank, certain that I'd missed out and that someone else had secured the job.

Turns out - not quite.

It's down to me and one other woman. Seems that an agreement couldn't be made on which of us should get the job, since we 'both have good qualities, but different qualities'.

So we've both been invited back again.

It was hinted that I ought to get my head into the textbook and absorb some knowledge, perhaps to prove that I am reading it. This is a relief in a sense because my mind did go horribly blank when asked what I'd covered from the textbook. Truth be told, I hadn't read it as studiously as I should have.

It's difficult to know what to focus on - do I try to learn a little from several subject areas or concentrate on one or two main topics? Prevention of cross-infection is pretty much the main focus but there's a lot more. Today I've learnt something about oral cancer, sterilisation, and fungus (really, it's interesting!).

I'm trying not to panic, just to try and absorb a little bit of information that I can recite when asked. I'd rather get a little bit firmly in my brain than try to read the whole book and just get flummoxed.

There's also something of a consolation prize for whoever doesn't the job. A brand new electric toothbrush. Quite a pricey one. I only have a manual toothbrush so it would be nice.

But I don't want the toothbrush. I want the job.

Round Three commences on Friday morning.


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