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Russell - career building during the PhD
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Name: Russell
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: BBC archives; university teaching
Year of graduation: 1998
Date of Interview: 02/06/2008

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Russell admits to a general lack of career preparation, with the exception of his graduate teaching assistantship position.

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When you look back to your PhD, what kind of career development activities were you engaging in? 

Not a lot really. The graduate teaching assistant thing meant I got on-the-job teacher training as it were. Once a year we had a, we all met up and asked how it went, how it was going and my supervisor was very good at supervising my PhD but there was nothing really in place to really explain how things worked and I remember the whole period of almost like being in a maze, trying to find your way to the middle of kind of, trying to work it out for myself as I went along and trying to work, focussing on certain things, thinking 'if I can get over that hurdle then I'll be somewhere further down the line' but it seemed very umm, very cloudy and very umm, very uncertain. I remember the whole period being one of quite grey uncertainty about what was coming next.

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