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Career Clinic: Am I expected to work late every night?

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23 Apr 2009 | 01:00

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"I am a fourth seat trainee due to qualify in September 2009. I have recently received my final appraisal for my third seat (the area in which I hope to qualify into) and it was not as good as I expected and I fear that this will damage my chances of qualifying into this department.

"The comments I disagree with centre around the fact that I was not working until 9pm-10pm every night, even though the department was busy. I was averaging 7pm-7.30pm every day, but I made sure I checked that my help was not needed before I left. Part of the problem was that the other trainee was perceived to work harder than me, but he seemed to purposely time his departure around half an hour after I'd left.

"I understand that I am a trainee so all criticism should be taken constructively, but the appraisal was somewhat harsh and at worst unfair. I am not the type of person to kick up a fuss, but should I raise my issue with my previous superviser? I want to give myself a fighting chance on qualification but do not want to be seen as a troublemaker."

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