SA, a UK national, had earned BSc and Master’s degrees prior to beginning the PhD in 2009 when she was 24. She chose doctoral work in order to advance in the field and pursue intellectual interests. SA joined this project in 2011, while focusing on the data collection and analysis phase of her research. She was part of a lab group, and taught master’s and undergraduate students. SA completed the PhD at 26 years old, and then began working as a post-doctoral researcher at a private company. She envisioned herself in a research position, but also wanted to settle down with her partner, and thus ended up expanding her job search beyond academia.
What struck us about SA’s story was:
Changes in thinking over time about settling down and establishing a home base with partner.
Choosing thesis by publication to advance initial goal of work in academia, and managing projects and publications as post-doctoral researcher in industry.
Change in career goals following the PhD, deciding that industry rather than academia would align with her life goals.