How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 59: Balancing act

Polly Watson Black


All things in life involve a balancing act. Changing careers is no different. When I decided to change from being a successful business executive to becoming an academic, my family life was in full swing. The decision was complicated; the transition even more so. I left my executive position and started doing consulting and teaching as an adjunct. I quickly realized I needed a doctorate to get taken seriously and be offered a permanent position at a university of any standing. I also knew that I would have to do it part time and long distance. I took a position at a small but prestigious university in the US running their entrepreneurship program and teaching part time.

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