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.

How Can You Make the Most of Your Research Experience for Your Professional Career?

In this chapter, we will consider how to:

  • Recognise your saleable, sought-after attributes
  • Be entrepreneurial, and why that matters
  • Market your new potential to prospective employers and other interested parties

What sought-after personal qualities will you develop as a successful researcher?

There are five essential personal characteristics that make for a successful researcher and, we hope, a contented one:

  • Passion (or simple enthusiasm) for the topic/discipline and/or research practice is essential, especially for sustaining focus over a long period: Although we have recognised in the previous chapter that enthusiasm can wax and wane during a doctorate, this is the key attribute all researchers have in common irrespective of the discipline. If you want to continue in ...
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