Life as a Researcher
Research is a process that requires huge time investment, especially at the beginning of one's career. But the fundamentals and theory can be learned quickly. Real thing is application and practice. Once you gain experience, you will be more familiar with the foundational knowledge that impinges your discipline. The rest is just the matter of keeping updated with latest developments in the field. A researcher gets involved in a wide spectrum of activities ranging from teaching to research papers. So, gradually one can easily develop the organization skills
In the beginning the work it is highly challenging, confusing and non-rewarding. Seemingly endless task! It leads to disappointments and quitting phase. When you don't reach to consideration and evaluation methodologies. You lose temper when deadlines hamper. The right submission comes after hundred non-satisfactory trials. But by not giving up and putting 100% efforts when you will achieve your goals you will feel on top of the sky. In all, the field is thrilling and enchanting enough. If you are made for it or keen interested to deep dive enthusiastically.
Research can be descriptive where data collection and evaluation are involved. In correctional research statistical analysis can be carried out. Quasi-experimental research is all about cost and effect relationship between two or more variables. Experimental research is a scientific method to establish cause effect relationships between dependent and independent variables.
Research means repetitive search till we get satisfactory results. It's a tiring work if you are not curious and hungry enough. Your habit of striving for knowledge can lead you to the deepest routes. Following appropriate methods and absolute passion you can be a great researcher. Path of perfection don't make you perfect, but definitely you can reach up-to the pretty good appropriation.
The task is not a steady one, it eat ups the whole time and mind. There is a frequent pressure to complete the task as the whole research is done into phases that are depending on each other. You might have to a lot bigger chunk of 24 hours to your work as sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Many a times the whole task needs several reasons. Such projects are not a week or month long, sometimes it takes years and years to accomplish the research projects.
Read, read and read. Observe, relate, eliminate, evaluate but never avoid or ignore. Consider even a minute aspect as for them even smallest data is a valuable pearl. It's a full time job. Any idea, any trace, any word can drag you to your computer. Workflow and work-life balance both can be achieved by setting priorities and daily goals.