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Name: Katie
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: HR; primary school teaching; full-time mother; freelance writer
Year of graduation: 1999
Date of Interview: 23/06/2008

Katie - inspiration and influences
Katie talks about support networks, family opinions of the different work she has done, and her own agency in those choices.

Did anyone or anything influence your career aspirations or the decisions that you made in your career? 

No, I would say it was all driven by me, against a lot of pressure to do other things. When I got the job at the bank, my parents were very overjoyed but that's exactly why I went to university, to get a safe job, in the city, earning lots of money in the bank, that was ideal, they were very very proud. When I gave that up they couldn't understand it, to go and be a teacher, they think teaching as a drudgery, poorly paid, no satisfaction and not held in esteem by society so why would I want to go and do that? So in actual fact I think all the pressures where on me to do other things and perhaps I suppose my husband, as a teacher, would have supported and understood why I wanted to do those sorts of things and he understood why I wanted to do a doctorate and supported me in all that as well but erm other than that, no I'd say, it's pretty much driven by me.