Barbara had moved from another North American city, got married and been teaching at the university level for a number of years. She began her PhD in another local university shortly after having a baby. She intended a research-teaching position locally given she did not want to disrupt the lives of her partner and baby (her husband preferred not to move though she would have been happy to). She joined the Canadian study in the second year of her PhD and graduated when she was in her early 40s.
What struck us about Barbara’s story was:
No time for self and partner; reluctant to move during degree.
Needed to work for financial reasons during degree and did research on the side in teaching position.
Strategic in developing academic profile during degree and worked toward long-term career vision.