Hannah was a health care professional before starting her PhD which was funded by grants from a Research Council and the university, and employment income. She joined the UK study whilst writing up her thesis in her final year of doctoral study; she graduated that same year aged 40. Hannah envisaged pursuing a ‘hybrid’ career in which she could maintain her practice and do research. She had a partner and three children.
What struck us about Hannah’s story was:
Family considerations and her partner’s health.
Financial burden of doing a PhD and not being able to do the work she desired.
Seeking the job she desired and changing job to match her expectations.