Kadyna, an EU national, had attained BSc and Master’s degrees and was working part-time as a research assistant at a UK university when she began the part-time PhD program in 2010. Kadyna chose doctoral work in order to advance in the field and pursue intellectual interests. Kadyna joined this research project in 2011, having already completed transfer of status, data collection, and received ethical consent for her research. Upon finishing the PhD at age 37, Kadyna spent one year in a post-doctoral position before moving to an industrial organization, and hoped to start a family with her partner.
What struck us about Kadyna’s story was:
Family planning and work-life balance.
Balancing full-time employment and doctoral work, conference presentations as enhancing sense of self as academic.
Change in career interest from academia to industry due to stress of having to constantly look for funding, and desire to establish work-life balance.