Recently, I was very happy to be invited to contribute my career story to the Sheffield v i s t a blog.
I like to reflect, and summarising ten years of work in a thousand words was an interesting challenge. It gave me a lot to think about: “How did this happen? How did I end up doing this?” The post for v i s t a was a really useful exercise for me, and I hope it’s interesting and useful for lots of other people who might read it too. Do drop me an email if you have any follow-up questions!
It reminded me of a quote I’ve shared on the blog before: “The man on the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”
If you’re coming to the end of your PhD, take a moment to look back.
Figure out how you got to where you are now. It didn’t happen by chance.
You’ve only got where you are by being good at what you do. You can keep doing that in the viva.