Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al (livredor) wrote,
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So, that's the next few years sorted out

I have a job! I'm to start on 24 April at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. It's for two years, basically (though if it's disastrous it may be only one and if successful quite likely to be extended). And I'll be working on some fairly abstract questions about how the different parts of a cell are coordinated when cells grow. Stuff that might have some relevance to cancer ultimately, but it's a lot more pure intellectual research than what I was doing for my PhD.

I'm keeping this post locked until I'm absolutely sure I have the job, like at the level of a contract in my hand; apparently there are still some formalities to be worked out. But I've been offered the job and have accepted; the fact that I'm old-fashioned enough to be a little nervous about an exchange of emails with nothing in writing is almost certainly just paranoia. Anyway, assume this post is liable to become public, so please don't refer to the details of the job where Google might find it.
Edit: Now public, please be careful.
Thank you to everybody who gave me useful advice when I was considering whether to take this job. I really, really appreciate your support, and you did help clarify my thinking. *hugs all round*

  • Find somewhere to live in Stockholm.
      Maybe the Karolinska accommodation service can help me at least temporarily? Contact estate agents / letting agencies in Sweden? Can I get anything meaningful out of the internet, working in a foreign language? Broadband?!! Realistically probably not sortable til I'm actually on the spot, but it would be much nicer not to have several weeks' disconnection if I can manage it.
      22.3.06: In progress, organizing flat through university, Broadband included.
  • Open a bank account in Sweden.
      No idea how this works; who would know?
  • Sort out my finances generally.
      Maybe talk to parents' accountants? Need to consider long term investments eg pension. Also have money in a place that's accessible to cover the move and the first month before I get paid. How many of my current investments can I still keep if I'm living abroad? Is that sensible anyway? Sort out tax for this year. I think the Inland Revenue owe me, but also need to make sure they don't regard me as a UK tax payer next financial year.
  • Leave my current temp job.
      That's easy, will talk to my line manager tomorrow! Or should I wait until I am absolutely truly certain of this job; probably only means working one extra week, and £250 is not to be sniffed at.
      10.3.06: done!
  • Contact the Jewish community in Stockholm.
      Seem to have contact details on the internet. Maybe also try R Rose in Edinburgh as he has Swedish contacts.
      23.3.06: Partially done. Have emailed community and got auto-repsonse that my message would be passed to appropriate people. Also have names and phone numbers from R Rose
  • Learn Swedish!
      Or at least get to the point where I can pick up more by immersion! Would feel more comfortable with basic phrases at least. That much I can probably teach myself from tourist websites / guidebooks. Maybe get a beginners' language course? Listen to Swedish radio for a bit (or is that too advanced if I'm starting from scratch / vague grasp of a couple of cognate languages?)
  • Use LJ to get in touch with people who have local knowledge.
      Anyone have any Swedish contacts or personal experience of Sweden, who would like to help me out?
  • Conversely, prune my friendslist to a manageable size.
      Considering I shan't be making LJ a priority for the next several months at least. Probably drop the people I don't interact with much anyway, and hopefully that won't cause too much drama.
      16.3.05 Partially done. Probably still need to be more rigorous, but some journals removed
  • Sort out the stuff I have here.
      What do I need for basic survival? What should I get shipped out even if it takes a few weeks after I arrive (depends a bit how much room I will have!) Of the rest, what should I throw / give away versus asking my parents to store?
  • Buy more serious winter clothes.
      Or maybe do this in Sweden?
  • Organize a leaving party.
      Practicalities? Invite people here versus go out for a meal? How many to invite? When shall I have it?
  • Contact my friends WANOLJ and let them know.
  • Arrange to see people.
      Want to meet up individually with as many people as I can manage, as it might be months or years til next time. Finally making it to the Oakdale would be a very sensible plan!
  • Inform official type people that I'm moving.
  • Organize reader's access to Cam libraries and make a start on the background reading.
    17.3.06: done!
So, what have I left out?

I'm finding it a bit hard to believe that I'm actually going to go through with this!
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