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Thread: Poster Software

09-Jul-18, 14:46
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posted about 6 days ago
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I would clarify and say that if you want some nice graphics, make them outside powerpoint and then just import them. So much easier.

i do exactly this with word! so much easier i find !

Thread: Applying for RA positions instead of role requiring PhD...

09-Jul-18, 14:25
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not sure if my personal experience will aid in your decision-making, but just wanted to share my experience...

I am a full time phd student in social sciences (criminology), and going into my 2nd year i felt entirely overwhelmed at the prospect of having to conduct fieldwork and data analysis (having never done so before). I asked around at my university, to see if i could get some experience.. one of my supervisors was working on a project, and had a full-time RA employed, conducting the qualitative data analysis for her. So i shadowed the RA, learning how to conduct thematic analysis of interview transcripts. It was just voluntary, work experience, but invaluable to my personal development and learning. The RA left, and so on the next project, i was offered the RA position, but only on a paid, but temporary 6 month contract. I am just coming towards the end of this temporary contract, and have been assured that going forward there are likely to be other opportunities for RA work.

I will admit, a few months ago, i was actually considering dropping out of my phd, and applying for a full time position as a RA... imposter syndrome and all that, anxiety and worry that the phd was too big a feat for me, and i was quite content in simply assisting someone else's project. I talked this over with my supervisor and she basically said i would be silly to give up the phd, and there would be plenty of opportunities once i had finished, should i want to continue with RA work.

Seems to me like it doesn't really matter at what point you are in your academic career, if something interests you, then go for it.

Thread: Poster Software

09-Jul-18, 14:04
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I normally use Word -- stick with what you know! And recently won an award for my poster!

Thread: qualitative research methods- help!

26-Sep-17, 13:53
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Going into my 2nd year of phd study in criminology; focusing on the relationship between 'the family' and youth crime. Heavily immersed within the social constructionist framework, and very interested in the construction of certain terms and how it enables us to understand the complex relationship between 'the family' and youth crime. However, have been told I now need to be seriously thinking about how I intend to research this topic, and start working on my methodology chapter of my thesis.

Problem being - I have never conducted any fieldwork before (serious case of imposter syndrome going on right now!)

I would very much like to conduct focus groups as I think this could be an interesting way to discuss topics with young people, surrounding 'the family' and family life.

However, it feels like my tutor is trying to warn me away from this, and into individual interviews. Personally, I'd feel more comfortable in the focus group situation as I have skills applicable to this - having been a Scout leader for several years and having run group discussions with the young people age group (10-14) similar to that of my intended participants (10-17)

Any advice from people that have successfully conducted focus groups with young people on what could be considered sensitive topics?
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