George, a European student in his early thirties, achieved bachelors and master’s degrees and was working as a part-time research fellow when he began PhD work. George and decided to pursue doctoral work in order to increase his knowledge of the field, and advance his career. George was in the fifth year of his PhD at a North American university when he joined this study, and had completed his comprehensives and proposal defense.
What struck us about George’s story was:
Planning future relocations based on family and partner.
Reliance on supervisors for writing help; trying to define post-doc research goals.
Openness to variety of career paths.