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Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Ched, May 31, 2013.

  1. Agent One

    Agent One Seventh Year DLP Supporter

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    What's the protocol (In the UK) for using a different dentist or doctor than your usual? I'm in a different city for the next few months and was wondering how I would book an appointment? Is it just a standard call? Does it even make a difference?
     
  2. Oz

    Oz For Zombie. Moderator DLP Supporter

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    You can just ring up yeah. Your current doctor should give you your medical history if you ask, ditto for your dentist. Your doctor/Dentist might be able to recommend a good replacement too. Make sure you do some research on any potential new doctor so you don't end up with some shithead.

    Edit: your first new appointment you're probably gonna need to fill out a bunch of paperwork so don't be surprised by that.
     
  3. Sorrows

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    Switching practices is relitivly painless as well so it might be worth just registeri g with a new GP if you are going to be somewhere a few months.
     
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    Does anyone here have any experience with card making programs such as Nandeck? Would you recommend it or should I find something else?
     
  5. Xantam

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    Anyone have any experience with contract negotiation? I received a job offer and the salary is higher than most in my city, but it comes with some negatives. I will work every Saturday and my other day off during the week floats. The work-load is also a bit heavier than other places in my field. I will be traveling to different offices full-time, which might be nice to break up monotony, but makes my schedule less predictable. The bonus structure also seems to favor employees who only work at one location.

    I was considering asking for signing bonus to help make up the difference in the bonus structure. The floating position already makes $5k more than the one location employees, but I don’t think that’s enough to cover the travel and bonus differences. I’m hesitant to ask for a higher salary because it is already higher than market average and I am a new graduate. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  6. Koalas

    Koalas First Year Prestige DLP Supporter

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    If they have you driving around to different locations get a mileage coverage. End of story. That's a cost that creeps up on you and they'd be more then happy to offload it onto you.

    Benefits are geared towards one location you say? Is that because of interaction with superiors or some other metric? On that note is your potential promotions (and more importantly for you mentoring) going to be largely effected by the moving between offices?

    If the pay is acceptable to you you can also negotiatiate better benefits. Extra paid vacation being a big one, especially if you're in NA.
     
  7. Xantam

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    So for background, I'm an optometrist. As far as mentoring and promotions go, I'm pretty close to the top, unless I drastically change my career focus.

    The bonus structure is based on the number of patients seen per day. If I were at one office every day, I would be able to influence the patient volume, but it's much harder when I'm at a different location every day.

    I would love extra paid vacation, but it seems that their PTO policy is rather stiff with very little time off until the new year, after which, 3 weeks a year is given.

    Thank you for the advice, and I'd appreciate any other thoughts you, or anyone, might have.
     
  8. Oz

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    Three weeks vacation a year? Leave America is the only advice I can give lmao.
     
  9. Koalas

    Koalas First Year Prestige DLP Supporter

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    I'm honestly happy/surprised he's starting at 3 weeks.

    @Xantam That's great about the mentoring, biggest thing coming out of a degree. Bonus structure sucks but not a whole lot you can do about that, other then wow some patients. Is that 3 weeks paid or the company matches some x% of your pay that goes into a vacation account, huge difference between the two. Any retirement saving plan options/matching?
     
  10. Xantam

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    As far as I can tell, the paid time is off not part of a vacation account but accrues as the year goes on. So if I can use the days before I've earned them, but would have to pay back time used before it was earned. They offer a simple-IRA with a 3% match, but that's it as far as retirement goes.
     
  11. Zombie

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    PTO usually increases every five years in most jobs. Atleast in the jobs I've looked at that was the consensus.
     
  12. Xantam

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    That's kind of the case here. You get an extra week every 5 years with a maximum of 5 weeks, but they actually increase your hourly PTO allowance by a day each year.
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    Unfortunately my profession pretty much doesn't exist outside of the US and Canada. 3 weeks isn't terrible. The fact that I only have half two and half days vacation for the rest of the year is my more immediate concern.
     
  13. Koalas

    Koalas First Year Prestige DLP Supporter

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    6 of one, half dozen of the other if it's accrued vacation. Making you work a full year before you've officially 'earned' your vacation is bs. If you wanted something to really negotiate for I'd suggest prorated vacation for the rest of your fiscal year (probably December so a week and a half roughly) and the full 3 weeks vacation at the start of the new year.

    3% is a pretty bad match but honestly I don't think you'll have much luck negotiating that as a new grad.
     
  14. Imariel

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    Recently read Roger Scrutons 'How to be a conservative' and was tempted to read more, both in the conservative strain but also from different perspectives, such as liberalism, both economic and social, as well as any noteworthy socialists.

    I know there's a fair few PolSci majors around and thought I'd ask. What are some of your favourite works in the genré, specifically tied to modern ideologies? Are the contemporary authors and thinkers preferable in any cases, or am I better suited going "back" to Rawls, Nozick, Hobbes and the like?
     
  15. Ludwig

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    Recently I've had some problems with eating meat. Almost 20 years of no problems with any kind of meat I'm starting to feel really sick after eating any type of meat.
    I still really enjoy the taste, but every bite makes me want to puke. Should I go to a doctor? It's probably not a matter of spoiled meat because It's been almost two weeks and several different types of cuts(both red and white meat).

    My health is fine right now, not having any other problems except for this.
     
  16. Marsupial

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    Have you been bitten by a tick recently?
     
  17. Ludwig

    Ludwig Fourth Year DLP Bronze Supporter

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    I have, but that was back in Brasil and about 7 months ago. 5 months ago I moved to Canada and the tick doesn't seem to be located in either of those countries.
     
  18. Blorcyn

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    You should visit your doctor. If it's happening with every meal, and it's a recent development. Try and think if there's anything else happening too, bloating, temperature, bowel movement changes, skin changes, etc.
     
  19. Ludwig

    Ludwig Fourth Year DLP Bronze Supporter

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    Guess I will. Haven't really noticed any other problems, but it's starting to bother me a lot.
     
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    So this is sort of a political question but I don't want to start a whole thread if the responses don't warrant one so I figured I'd ask in this one: do y'all believe Affirmative Action is discriminatory? Disregarding the merits of the policy, does it discriminate, and if so, is it worth keeping in spite of that?
     
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