Do you want to thrive in your doctoral research? Do you want to do more than just survive? If so this is the book for you. Focused on empowering the doctoral researcher, it is packed with advice on how to make the best of opportunities and enjoy your research experience while dealing with challenges. Whether you need to find sources of constructive feedback, are facing an unexpected disturbance to your project, or have ambitions beyond your academic goals, this book provides practical, flexible tips for conducting effective research and engaging with the complex world of academia, including how to: • Maintain momentum through each stage of the research process • Make the most of available resources, training, and support • Explore new technologies, networks, and dissemination strategies • Maximize the value of assessment • Use this project as a springboard into further research and career opportunities Acknowledging that every doctoral experience is unique, this book goes beyond a script for success and instead offers a full studio of flexible, creative tools and adaptable action points that equip you to compose your own distinctive story of research success.

What are the Potential Resources and Opportunities and How Can They Best Be Utilised?

In this chapter, we will consider what potential resources and opportunities you may have available and how to get the most out of them, particularly how to:

  • Identify your needs
  • Locate potential resources and opportunities
  • Establish networks for the future
  • Learn when to say ‘yes’
  • Develop techniques for saying ‘no’.

What do you need?

Before you can identify and utilise resources, you must determine what you need and prioritise these needs. This can be harder than you may initially think because the path and direction of the project is excitingly dynamic. While you may have some understanding of your research project and your individual strengths and weaknesses when you start your doctorate, you are unlikely to understand ...

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