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Helen - reasons for doing a PhD
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Name: Helen
PhD discipline: Chinese and German
Area(s) of work: International relations and research council work
Year of graduation: 2005
Date of Interview: 17/06/2008

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Helen recalls her motivations for doing a PhD.

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Why did you do a PhD?

I think I just drifted into it because I wasn't quite sure what else to do and I'd done well at university and I'd done a Masters and also done well, so the only people around, my mentors, were people in academia and they said why don't you stay on. I thought that would be quite a good option and potentially an academic career would have been quite a good option.

So you had an open mind about the prospect of an academic career when you started the PhD?

Yeah, yeah, and that was the only definite career that I could imagine myself doing at that point so yeah. 

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