It’s been four years since my last interview with a speech pathologist, and today’s interview with Petrea Cahir helps show that there’s a lot of variation in how speech pathologists work. Petrea works in a paediatric hospital, and coordinates research alongside doing clinical work. On top of that, Petrea is currently a PhD candidate. A PhD does mean you’re a student again, but being a PhD candidate involves more of the skills you often develop in the workplace – good time management, independent work and a sense of purpose (and perspective!). You can follow Petrea on Twitter (@petrea_cahir).