In this podcast we hear from Burcu Anil Kirmizitas, who describes the struggle to find affordable housing for her and her family in three of the world’s most expensive cities. We also hear from Ibukun Akinrinade, a neuroscience PhD student at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science in Oerias, Portugal. Ibukun needed to access training that was not available in her home country of Nigeria and had to leave her husband and young son behind. This month’s career expert is James Gould, Director for the Office for Postdoctoral Fellows at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. James answers a question about transferable skills from Simon Peyda, a research assistant at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Submit your question to the Naturejobs editor here.