Nellie began her Master’s in North America when her children were approaching their teens and were more independent. While raising them, she had done volunteer work. She continued on to a PhD when her supervisor suggested it and hoped for a position in a research-intensive university. She joined the Canadian study in her fourth year of the degree and graduated when she was 48.
What struck us about Nellie’s story was:
Work-life balance and separation from family in post-PhD position.
Advancing her research profile and managing in a toxic department in position.
Job seeking during the degree and dealing with re-appointment in her post .