Tina, a North American in her mid-thirties, was working as a project agent in government when she began the PhD. Tina chose doctoral work in order to build a career in academia, increase her knowledge of the field, and pursue intellectual interests. When Tina joined this study, she was just about to graduate, and move into a post-doctoral fellowship.
What struck us about Tina’s story was:
Commuting for work.
Strategic preparation for job interviews.
Consistent desire to work in academia.