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Name: Sarah
PhD discipline: Architectural History
Area(s) of work: Heritage administration; freelance writer
Year of graduation: 2004
Date of Interview: 19/06/2008

Sarah - where do you see your career going from here?
Sarah thinks about what she might do in the future.

How do you see the future? 

If you asked me to say what I would be doing in five years time I really wouldn't know. I hope I will still be doing something similar and writing about things that I'm interested in. What I like about this sort of way of life is I can follow where my intellectual curiosity takes me so long as I can make it marketable and I can get someone to pay me to do it. I'm lucky in that I've got subjects that I can bend and mould to make them popular. They've got popular elements so I would hope to be doing the same kind of things. The more research you do, the more subjects you find that you want to explore. That is the thing in doing a PhD and that is the thing I've found doing my job.

Whilst I learnt a lot working at The Victorian Society and I was always finding out new things, I had to put that aside and get on with the next thing, because there were lots of letters coming in and the demands of the phone calls that had to be dealt with and so I didn't have the luxury to carry on that research. After doing a PhD that is what you are used to doing and that is what I loved doing and so I am in a situation where I hope I will be able to continue doing that, because I just don't want to be in a job, any job, where I couldn't have that research element. That really gives me a buzz. I really enjoy doing that.

Do you think you will work in an organisation again? 

Never say never! I don't know. I would just like to carry on writing books all my days really. I think what I've learnt over the past few years is that I don't know what I'm going to be doing in five years time and I am actually quite happy with that. That does not worry me. It doesn't scare me at all, it almost excites me. I feel very lucky to be in that situation. I don't know what I'm going to be doing and that's fine.