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Russell - expectations of where the PhD might lead
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 talks about encouraging his own students to think earlier and more broadly about careers after their PhD than he did.

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And where, if anywhere, did you see yourself beyond the PhD? And did that change at all along the way? 

I had a vague idea that I'd see myself eventually where I was, which was becoming a lecturer in a university. But it was a very, I was very woolly about what that entailed and about how you went about that. So I didn't really get how things panned out, how you were meant to get from a to b and I kind of, after about a year and a half of doing the PhD, I began to think harder about that and think 'how does this work?' I think I had a slightly naïve idea that it was a kind of, not an inevitability but it was quite, that was how, that was what you did, you did a PhD and then you got a job kind of related to it and it doesn't work out like that so I didn't think too hard about it. I probably should have done a bit more – I certainly encourage my PhD students to think longer and wider than I did about what the PhD's going to do for that.

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