Regina worked professionally in North America before moving away from a close-knit family to do her Master’s and there met her partner. After her Master’s, she got a national fellowship to do a PhD and though she could have gone anywhere to do the degree she stayed in the university where she was, given her partner and her circle of friends. She imagined a research-teaching position afterwards. She joined the Canadian study in the 3rd year of the degree and graduated when she was 30.
What struck us about Regina’s story was:
Career and work decisions made around children.
Learning institutional ropes during the degree and networking extensively beyond the institution in her post-PhD position.
Negotiating time for her own research and building competitive profile slowly but consistently.