KS took her first degree in North America, and then worked for several years in different professional capacities. Wanting something new and challenging, she moved to the UK, leaving a close-knit family, to do her MSc and then changed universities to take a one-year research position after graduating. She joined the UK study in 2008 shortly afterwards. The following year she began her PhD, imagining a research-teaching position as her future, and graduated when she was 35.
What struck us about KS’s story was:
Family illness and hoping for parenthood.
Dealing with rejection and the solitary nature of writing during degree.
Concern about lack of research-teaching positions during degree and networking to find work.