Mike worked for many years as an administrator for educational programmes in a North American university. His work involved international work and he began a PhD in the same Canadian university where he worked since he felt the degree would give him greater legitimacy in working with the international partners. He intended to work full-time while doing the degree part-time. He joined the Canadian study in the fifth year of his PhD and graduated several years later when he was 41. He and his partner had children during the time he was in the study.
What struck us about Mike’s story was:
Lack of thesis progress and managing full-time work while doing a PhD.
Did PhD to gain legitimacy in position and after PhD, wanted to change jobs due to poor climate but financially not possible.