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Katie - the meaning of the PhD
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Name: Katie
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: HR; primary school teaching; full-time mother; freelance writer
Year of graduation: 1999
Date of Interview: 23/06/2008

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Katie reflects on what the PhD means to her.

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Does the PhD then belong to the past of or does it have any kind of continuing meaning for you in the present? 

As time goes on I suppose it is more and more to do with the past. It will always mean something to me; I was immensely proud that I could do it and I never thought prior to the PhD I would ever be able to do something like that – that I was one of those kind of people. And so it would always have a huge personal value to me but I guess as the years go on it becomes of less value to other people. I mean it is nearly 10 years ago that I finished it and so I suppose it is less…I probably wouldn't refer to it anymore in any sense other than to myself.

And so you would never refer to yourself as 'Dr'?

I do have Dr on things – only on bank statements and that kind of stuff, you know, it's personal. Like at school I don't use the term 'Dr' to friends, you know, a lot of them don't know; it just sits on the shelf and I think I did that once, that's about it really.

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