Daniel worked as a professional (science background) in Latin America, before doing a Master’s in North America (English as other language) and then moved to the UK with his partner and child for a PhD (social sciences). He wanted to develop the expertise he saw as lacking in his field in order to advance his professional career, imagining being a consultant taking jobs internationally. He joined the UK study at the end of PhD Year 1 and completed the degree when he was 38.
What struck us about Daniel’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