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    I work in retail part time and recently graduated with a 2.1 in biomed. I've been applying for jobs as a lab technician, research technician etc but haven't had any luck so far. My friend who works as a ward clerk told me about a part time vacancy in her department for a ward clerk so I applied and I have an interview next Friday.

    My issue is, if I'm successful at the interview, whether or not to take the job. I could definitely use the money but at the same time I don't want to be saddled with a 4 week notice period if I get offered a lab job, most of which are immediate start. And leaving without notice would be bad form

    It's not a dilemma. If you get offered the job, take it. Your career is much more important than a part-time job. Speaking bluntly, they'll have no problem replacing you. Your priority has to be to yourself, not the shop. Good luck!

    A four week notice period is nothing. Most job offers would take at least a week to be finalised and then there tends to be specific start dates set by the organisations circumstances rather than yours.

    Even if they were looking for someone immediately, most decent candidates will be on a notice period so they are often happy to compromise.

    Even if they aren't, you could either take holiday owed from your current job or negotiate with them to leave earlier.

    Plus if you are still in a probation period, your notice period is far more likely to be 1 week.

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