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Heather - expectations of where the PhD might lead
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Name: Heather
PhD discipline: English Literature
Area(s) of work: Self-employed writer; dyslexia support tutor; tutor in creative writing
Year of graduation: 2002
Date of Interview: 07/05/2008

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Heather considers how her career path revealed itself to her.

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Would you say that when you started the PhD that where you've ended up is where you were aiming at or that it didn't quite work that way?

I think that I have ended up where I was aiming at definitely but it wasn't as clear as that at the time. When I was going through it it wasn't totally clear that things were going to go in the way I wanted to. I wasn't absolutely certain. Part of me did think that I could pursue my interests within the framework of an academic position and I wondered if I could do that. I wasn't totally sure. So at the time it wasn't utterly explicit to me about where I was going but I think actually it's always been there since I can, since way before my PhD, from a very young age I kind of knew where I was going and what I wanted to do so it's become explicit - but it was implicit during the years of the PhD I think.

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