Ann, Canadian in her mid-thirties, completed her PhD in 2009 in another country before returning to Canada with her partner for a 3-year post-doc position – though her partner, also a researcher, had difficulty finding full-time employment. Ann originally undertook a PhD in order to increase her knowledge and advance in the field, and joined this study in 2010 during her second year of post-doc work. As a post-doc, Ann worked in a large lab and initially considered a career in academia before deciding to pursue work in clinical trials and patents. She and her partner welcomed their first child near the end of her post-doc.
What struck us about Ann’s story was:
Issues with partner being able to find work and birth of child.
Lack of supervision and opportunities to collaborate.
Gradual disinterest in academia.