I have always been very interested in working and living abroad. To do this I had to learn new languages, which was exciting. That was my primary motivation when I came to the UK for the first time. It is like I was anticipating the actual economic crisis when I made my decision more than 4 years ago!
Not many people know that before joining the University of Manchester as a Researcher, I was preparing myself to pass the exam to become a Radiophysicist or Medical Physicist in Spain. I love physics, but it is, in particular, radiophysics that I enjoy more than any of the others. The fact that you can use it to improve medicine is amazing and because of that, it really grabbed my attention.
Now, it has been three weeks since I joined IRS and that time has just flown. Everything has been new for me; the city, the people and the job. However, rather than feeling stressed or panicked, I took it as a new challenge in my life. I believe that when you have a positive attitude, your entire atmosphere turns positive, and that is exactly what I have felt during these three weeks. Everyone in the office has been very helpful in providing me with material, advice and support. I love the fact that everyone is very passionate about what they are doing every day.
During this time, I have spent most of my time out of the office, learning how to carry out surveys from experienced colleagues. They have been training me and answering my questions (hundreds of them!) very patiently, even if they had to take time out of their own day to teach me. Day by day, I am getting more familiar with the equipment and the tests, as well as the procedures and protocols. One of the most recent mammography surveys I completed with Ryan Jones was particularly good. He let me carry out the survey following my own notes. It took us ages to finish it but I learnt a lot. I still need to feel more confident, though. The only things I still need to get used to are the Liverpool roads and the best way to get to the different hospitals. Considering I am really bad with names and directions, I sense this is going to be a hard job… hehehe. Oh, and I learnt that you really shouldn’t wear high heels for surveys! Only in the life of an IRS Technical Officer.
I am looking forward to the future, as there are many challenges ahead and still a lot to learn.