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Alan - did you anticipate an academic career?
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Name: Alan
PhD discipline: Spanish Literature
Area(s) of work: University teaching
Year of graduation: 2003
Date of Interview: 16/06/2008

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Alan recollects his expectations of an academic career.

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Did you know when you embarked on the PhD that you wanted to be an academic then?

I think I did. Yes I think that was always at the back of my mind as where I was going to go. But I mean there were moments of doubt along the way in terms of doubting my own abilities – you know, when you go to interviews towards the end of the process and get knocked back you start to think 'this obviously isn't the right thing for me, nobody actually thinks I am good enough to do that job' and so actually no.

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