Will working in Australia or New Zealand give me a competitive advantage?
Ask the careers psychologist
- By: Caroline Elton
Caroline replies . . .
The US psychologist George Kelly talked about humans as being “naive scientists.” By this he was drawing attention to the ways in which people are always seeking explanations for the things that they do and the things that happen to them. You may see evidence of this in your encounters with patients; when people are ill, they instinctively seek explanations for why they have become unwell, and not infrequently, their own explanations will be different from those based on a medical model.
But it’s not only patients who seek explanations for the events around them—we all do. So your foundation colleague cast around to understand why she had been successful at her core surgery interview, and came up with the answer that it was because of her antipodean adventures. This might have been the case—but equally, it might not. And I dare say you