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Name: Nick
PhD discipline: English Literature
Area(s) of work: civil service; tax consultant; accountancy; film and fiction writing, university teaching
Year of graduation: 1995
Date of Interview: 29/05/2008

Nick - employer attitudes to the PhD
Nick talks about how he found work after his PhD and how it evolved into a permanent post.

How do you feel your PhD status is regarded in your current position? 

Well it's great really. I mean, I couldn't have got - first of all - I couldn't have got my job, I mean I finished my PhD and I wrote to about four or five institutions and said I was available for teaching and part-time teaching, that kind of thing anything that comes up. And two people called me from the same institution. This institution two separate people called me and they said 'we've got this module in 19th century culture, would you teach it' and I said 'yes!' and I didn't even know what they were talking about, I just said 'yes!' And then somebody else phoned me up from the same institution and said 'we've got this 19th century fiction module' would you pick it up?' and I said 'sure!' And then I came down and suddenly realised I was teaching two double modules - teaching four modules. And I guess after that whole semester they kind of realised that it would be a pretty good idea, so kept me on full-time. Plus the fact that I had a chance conversation about - well it wasn't really a chance conversation - I engineered the conversation I guess. But I had some films being released at the same time and the Times did an interview with me and my first creative writing books were coming out at the same time so there was this kind of splash and I told everybody I was working here, although I was only hourly, but I didn't say that.  And then the local press picked it up and then everybody kind of thought 'who is this guy' and so on one hand, you know, I had the PhD that opened the door and then once the door was opened, I just gave a hefty kick.