Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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My brother just wrote a letter to my local MP. Wow. He’s done more than I’ve done for the cause. DAMMIT! 8 years ago


The government has recently made changes to the immigration rules, which will make it almost impossible for international (non-UK/EEA) doctors to get post-foundation programme jobs in the UK.

On 7 March 2006 the Department of Health announced that the Home Office would be making changes to the immigration rules towards managing migration, based on a point based system for people coming to the UK to work, study and train. Implementation of the new regulations would be introduced in stages, but those affecting postgraduate doctors and dentists would come into effect from 3 April 2006.

Subsequently from 3 April 2006, trusts that intend on employing non-EEA or non-resident doctors will need to apply to Work Permits (UK) for a work permit before employing such a candidate. Furthermore on application it will be necessary to demonstrate that there are no suitable EEA nationals who can take up the post. That is to say that before any offers of employment are made, that the suitable EEA nationals are considered in advance of those who require a work permit.

This prevents all applicants from being assessed fairly during the process of recruitment, thus ending the equal opportunities policy and enforcing discriminatory practice.

International medical graduates (IMGs) who have resident status in the UK, such as refugees, will not need a permit to be able to work and should be treated equally alongside UK/EEA candidates for posts.

My future looks bright, doesn’t it? Please sign the petition. 8 years ago

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