tina's timeline

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. 

 

PhD

Year 6

Post-PhD

 

Year 1

Post-PhD

 

Year 2

 

PhD

Year 6

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Organized a conference, which was “good opportunity” to share work.

Anticipated career in academia.

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Worked on thesis; met with supervisor who helped create schedule for thesis submission.

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Was able to spend more time with partner following thesis submission.

Submitted thesis.

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Co-instructed undergraduate course; teaching made her feel like she “belong[ed] to the academic community”.

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Defended thesis.

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Transitioned to post-doc fellow position.

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Worked on a grant and PhD research; supervisor “strongly positive” about her work.

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Post-PhD

Year 1

Relocated for post-doc; had to begin long-distance relationship with partner; commutes between two cities for work.

Attended and presented at a research general assembly.

Continued to hope for career in academia; following post-doc hoped for post-doc, pre-tenure or researcher position in government or university.

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Began working on a grant proposal but supervisor did not let her get as involved as she hoped.

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Had a paper accepted by “good journal,” which is “important” tin academia.

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Continued to work on manuscripts based on PhD work and post-doc research.

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Worked on job applications and prepared for interviews.

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Began organizing statistics workshops because in her field “strong statistical background” is necessary.

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Post-PhD

Year 2

Continued to commute between cities for work and to spend time with partner.

Presented post-doc work at a conference and “made some great connections”.

Hoped for “professor position” following the post-doc.

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Prepared presentations for a job interview and read papers by faculty in the department so she would be “well prepared for interactions”.

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Continued to publish PhD thesis chapters, collaborated on manuscripts; consulted with supervisor about analysis.

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“Brainstormed” with supervisor about projects and contributions.

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Invited for interview for faculty position.

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Would be starting second post-doc at in the fall.

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