The EFNS Head Office was looking for somebody who can speak English and who does have some hours of free time in order to help with the preparation of meetings. I had time and could speak English. Therefore, on a day in February 2003 I went to the “Altes AKH”, where the office then had been located and met with Lisa Müller at the entrance. We went up the stairs, and when I saw the office I was surprised that there were only 3 desks. I had thought about a big organisation having a big office.
However, that day I started as an EFNS helper, doing database entries and copying/sorting abstracts. At that time, the EFNS could not offer an official job to me, because they had already employed somebody else, who should have started in May 2003. May came and, lucky me – and EFNS, I hope – the “new” employee did not show up.
In the meantime, I had already met some of the EFNS officers and also had learned a bit (because there is a lot) about the EFNS and so, I was finally and officially engaged in May 2003.
I still like my job the same as I did in the first weeks. The work here at the office – in the meantime a beautiful one, overlooking the inner city of Vienna – as well as at the congresses, where I always meet kind and interesting people from all around Europe.
|Anja Sander, Vienna|