I just had a call from a friend I knew as a postdoc, who has just started her own lab.
"Dude, did you tell someone to apply for the open position in my lab?"
"no, I didn't tell anyone about your position, why?"
"X just applied and she listed you as a reference!"
Small world! I wondered if this would ever happen - a former student of 'mine' moving on in her career and being part of The Network. I assumed not seeing as I didn't follow the traditional academic career path.
But this feels nice! And scary - is there an added layer of responsibility on both sides of this equation now?