Important Skills of a Researcher

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Here are three important skills, every research must have:

Project Management

Every research study necessitates project management. This is a term you’ve most likely heard before. But, exactly, what do we mean when we say, “project management”? Project management entails meticulous preparation. You devise a step-by-step strategy for achieving your goal. You establish attainable goals, realistic deadlines, and other required resources. To acquire external financing and get your project off the ground as a researcher, you must conduct a rigorous study. If you’re working on someone else’s project, make sure to pay attention, ask questions, and absorb as much information as possible.

Handling Budgets

Learning how to manage a budget is another essential skill efficiently. It could be a task that you haven’t spent much time on during your PhD. If that’s the case, have some more budgeting experience. This is a skill you’ll need if you want to lead your research study. As an academic, you may receive administrative support to help you manage your finances, but the final decision and responsibility will fall on your shoulders. Maintaining a regular check on cash in and out is critical, just as it is with your household budget.

If things appear to be going badly, don’t bury your head in the sand. First, make sure your research objectives are in line with the funding you’ve received. Second, do not overextend yourself to employ new employees or host collaborative seminars (both of which can cost a lot of money). Third, keep in mind that money is meant to be spent, so don’t hoard it! Finally, make sure you keep detailed records of your earnings and expenses. Your records may be requested at any time by your university, funding organization, or the taxman.

Team Leading/Managing

In the academic realm, collaborating successfully with others can be challenging (we are used to working with a large degree of autonomy). But, on the other hand, a research project frequently necessitates the assistance of others, including colleagues at your institution and elsewhere, administrative personnel, and, in some cases, persons from the commercial sector.

If you’re in charge of the project, you’ll need to know two things: how to get the most out of each of your employees and how to make their time at work enjoyable. It is critical to ask each person to play their part, as well as to listen to them, ask for their input on decisions, and explore any issues if they are not satisfied. If you wish to lead a team successfully, you must identify each colleague’s requirements and vulnerabilities.

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Maia Brown-Jackson

Maia Brown-Jackson has extensive experience in writing and analysis, and can do so in a timely manner. Her research has largely explored extremism, crises, and human security.

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