Ginger had worked in a range of professional positions before moving cities in North America to do her master’s degree. She moved again to pursue her PhD, including moving between countries and imagined a research-teaching position afterwards. Ginger did not have a partner or children, but maintained a geographically-dispersed personal network and frequent contact with her ageing mother. She joined the study in 2006 as she began her second year of doctoral study and graduated when she was in her mid-50s.
What struck us about Ginger’s story was:
Frequent re-locations during degree and health issues in research-teaching position.
Writing challenges and interdisciplinarity ongoing degree.
Getting tenure/permanence and advancing career prospects in research-teaching post.