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Christine - did you anticipate an academic career?
Name: Christine
PhD discipline: French Literature
Area(s) of work: University teaching; arts; charity
Year of graduation: 2003
Date of Interview: 18/06/2008

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Christine considers how her ideas about careers evolved during her PhD.

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When you embarked on the PhD did you envisage an academic career?

I think I probably did think it was a strong possibility that it may well lead to an academic career, yes.

And when did that change?

I think it was probably in the final year of my PhD and towards the end of my PhD really because of the process of starting to think you know I'm nearing completion of the PhD, of what would come next and applying for academic jobs which I did and that's probably during that process of it becoming clearer that that could be the next step that really started to focus my mind on whether that really was the right way for me to go.
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