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Lois - expectations of where the PhD might lead
Name: Lois
PhD discipline: Archeology
Area(s) of work: University teaching
Year of graduation: 1997
Date of Interview: 08/06/2008

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Lois describes where she expected her PhD to lead.

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Did you have any idea about where the PhD was going? 

Absolutely not. No. I was doing it because I enjoyed archaeology, I enjoyed mapping and I wanted to do some more of it. I had the vague idea in my head that it might lead to something in heritage management, that kind of area, but I hadn't investigated it. And even a significant way through my PhD I hadn't investigated it. Looking back now it was madness really, I don't know what I was doing. Not planning my career anyway. I think I was just absorbed in what I was doing at the time.

In retrospect you said you were mad for not thinking about it, do you think that that is important at that stage in life? To be thinking about where things are going?

I do think its important because I think there are additional things that you probably could be doing while you're doing your PhD or as part of your PhD that would put you in a better position for going on to follow whatever direction you wanted to follow. I mean if I had thought that I was going to go in the direction that I have gone in I would have found more opportunities to do teaching, build up my teaching experience because I had very little teaching experience when I came to this position and it would have been useful to have it I think. It would have been easier for me if I'd had it because it was pretty nerve wracking coming into this job to teach a new group of students, a new group of mature students as well so I was the youngest person in the class teaching them. And I now know that very many mature students in your first class they're out to test the lecturer to see whether the lecturer is any good, to see whether they know their stuff. I mean it all went very well as it happened but you know they want to know that they're getting their money's worth from you as a lecturer and I think if I'd had a bit more teaching experience it probably would have made it less nerve wracking I think.

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