|Which country do you live in?||What stage of your research career are you at?||Please stateÂ what you are researching in just one sentence.Â||In your experience, what is the biggest challenge early-career researchers face?||In your experience, what are the biggest pitfalls an early-career research should seek to avoid in order to advance their career?||What are the top two or three pieces of professional advice that you'd offer to your younger self?||Start Date (UTC)||Submit Date (UTC)|
|RS - Serbia||First year of postdoc||Cancer research, anti cancer drug development||The support for developing own ideas, lack of funding for young independent researches.||They should avoid going to a superstar-lab, without first researching the level of independence they are likely to get, and support from the PI.||Don't disregard the importance of networking during your PhD studies.||19/07/16 15:26||19/07/16 15:29|
|GB - United Kingdom||finished postdoc||greenhouse gas emissions||finding a stable job||They should not close their minds to different career avenues.||1) Do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do. 2)Don't close your eyes to opportunities or viewpoints just because they are unexpected or don't fit in with your own expectations. The world changes and no one has a set career path anymore. 3) Treat every experience as just that - an experience. An experience that will add to your wisdom.||19/07/16 15:27||19/07/16 15:33|
|IE - Ireland||Just completed PhD||Looking at new methods in glycobiology||Getting appropriate support from mentors/senior researchers||Try not to isolate yourself, always be networking||Always be networking|
Write, even when you don't want to
|19/07/16 15:34||19/07/16 15:36|
|GB - United Kingdom||Reasonably high level, mentoring and supervising staff and students||The impact of pregnancy, loss and parenthood on relationships||Economics - if you're struggling financially it's very difficult to get ahead. Gatekeepers and lack of mentorship and secure job contracts also a factor.||Taking on too much, not being focused and trying to do everything. Conversely being so specific you can't develop core skills - writing, critical thinking, presenting, public engagement, mentoring etc||When you are not offered adequate supervision, complain and find a better mentor. Do not proceed without funding. Do not believe that all research or academic life starts or resides in a university or industry.||19/07/16 15:53||19/07/16 15:57|
|GB - United Kingdom||I'm a research manager||n/a. I'm supporting researchers to increased the impact/application/exploitation of their research||Workload issues i.e. too much time required for teaching and admin and not enough available for research. Applications to competitive grant funding is very difficult when they do not have a track record, especially in institutions without a strong reputation for resarch||Underestimate themselves because they are "junior". The application of their research could still have a huge impact outside of the academic community irrespective of their academic track record. When it comes to "making a difference" in the world, it's a much more level playing field||- think about your impact goals first (i.e. "How do you want to change the world in the next X years?"), not your own personal pet research questions or chasing after the money|
- promote your research widely through social media, blogging and engagement with non-academic audiences
- develop a plan for how you will foster the impact of your work. Be prepared to do more than just research!
|19/07/16 15:58||19/07/16 16:06|
|GB - United Kingdom||6 years post-doctoral experience||Behavioural Neuroscience||Uncertainty about their future||Dont think that there is only one path to follow after a PhD||19/07/16 15:41||19/07/16 16:09|
|GB - United Kingdom||16 yrs post doc||food and health||promotion and job security||don't be too nice, its always the mean bas***ds that progress||push yourself forward more|
make sure you are seen and counted
|19/07/16 16:13||19/07/16 16:15|
|KE - Kenya||Third year of my post-doc||Understanding and identifying targets of malaria transmission||Funding opportunities||Lack of publications||1. Always ask what the question(s) is|
2. Don't move on to a post without completing publications
3. Design your research in a way it is easily publishable
|19/07/16 16:31||19/07/16 16:38|
|US - United States||Beginning of fourth year as research faculty||Public engagement with agriscience||Lack of Collaborators, especially at the same institution.||Publish earlier and more often. Cultivate and nurture strong collaborations.||20/07/16 02:05||20/07/16 02:08|
|GB - United Kingdom||R&D group leader||Biofuels||For me, ageism||Publish fewer, but good quality papers, rather than lots of inferior quality ones||Be patient regarding publishing and progressing. Get plenty of bench experience. Be a team player, regardless of your particular lab's culture||20/07/16 07:39||20/07/16 07:48|
|RU - Russia||Last year of my PhD course||Environmental impact to non-human biota resulted from radiation acidents||Lack of data, the topicality of the research, lack of funding||La ck of fundamental knowledge can be a pitfall||1. Study foreign languages|
2. Learn to read fast
3. Do not hesitate to ask questions
|20/07/16 08:42||20/07/16 08:47|
|BE - Belgium||Just finished my first postdoc.||I did basic research on the molecular basis of synapse formation/remodellation||How to get good-quality publications (needed to get funding) in a short time, while still learning and developing themselves as scientists.||1) wasting time and effort in projects/activities which won't yield any CV-relevant (and funding-relevant) result; 2) not interacting with other scientists (inside & outside their institute) to improve his/her work and career.||1) Find a great MENTOR (not a "supervisor" or "boss") who cares about you and helps you develop as a scientist; 2) Stay focused in 1-2 projects and be productive on them (publications-wise)||20/07/16 16:43||20/07/16 16:55|
|ZA - South Africa||first year postdoctoral||Thermal ecophysiology of ectotherms||Too many PhDs, very few jobs, ZA students not internationally competitive||Putting all their hopes in academia||Don't do a PhD, get out of the system and find something that makes you happy||21/07/16 05:30||21/07/16 05:35|
|ZA - South Africa||Postdoc||Algae||Mentorship||Chasing funding over career development and experience||Keep going, always follow your passion and don't listen to all the critics||21/07/16 11:02||21/07/16 11:05|
|ZA - South Africa||Masters||Specific Emitter Identification for GSM Cellphones.||Getting recognition.||Having too wide a scope in their research topic.||1. Pick a topic you'll enjoy. 2. Make sure it can solve a problem prevalent in today's/tomorrow's society. 3. Get it done ASAP.||21/07/16 11:52||21/07/16 12:01|
|ZA - South Africa||First year of a master's degree||Oil and gas infrastructure as a potential vector for marine alien species||Early career researchers are faced with the huge hurdle of having to keep up with the already existing system that accommodates scientists/researchers that have long been in the research industry for example to progress from one level to the next you are expected to publish a specified number of scientific papers; sit on local and international working groups.||From their honors level they need to be able to produce research projects that are at a standard good enough for publication.||Do more research on the career you want to find out if it will work for you|
Find researchers in the potential career you want and ask for mentorship
|21/07/16 13:40||21/07/16 13:57|
|ZA - South Africa||Masters||Science communication||Funding||1. Lack of motivation||persevere||21/07/16 14:17||21/07/16 14:18|
|GB - United Kingdom||First year of my PhD (towards the end)||water policy/legislation implementation at catchment/community level||The ability to search relevant data. In the first place one starts a research is not sure of the boundaries of data required||Strive to ask, ask, ask, ask! even if you may look stupid||1. Be prepared to spend time on books/journals|
2. Understand the bigger picture of your research as early as possible
3. Work hand in hand with your supervisors
|21/07/16 16:20||21/07/16 16:27|
|BD - Bangladesh||3rd year of my PhD||Population and genetics of Bengal tigers in Bangladesh Sundarbans||Funding for study and research||Lack of proper guidance||Develop relevant research skills during BSc/MSc courseworks|
Develop networks amongst fellow researchers in the relevant fields
|21/07/16 16:46||21/07/16 16:51|
|GB - United Kingdom||First Year of PhD||Path Planning of Swarm of Marine Vehicles||Funding and Research Collaboration||Plagiarism and Wrong Research Place||Hard Work pays, if not sooner then later !!|
If I can see further, it is by standing on shoulders of my teachers
|21/07/16 17:09||21/07/16 17:13|
|UG - Uganda||Masters degree||Vote buying practices in emerging democracies and its implication for the urban poor: A case of Kampala,Uganda||Lack of careerr guidanceguidance . Often one is filled with loads of ideas but how to stay focussed and consistent is a challenge||Avoid procrastination. Start now and not then.||Ensure you have an online presence on social media and blogs ro showcase your work and interests. |
Networking and collaboration not only with like minded people but those outside your field.
|21/07/16 17:08||21/07/16 17:14|
|IN - India||Just Finished Master's||Human Rights Law||Funding||Changing sector||Be specific in what you want to do in the future||21/07/16 17:19||21/07/16 17:21|
|GH - Ghana||Third year PhD||cultural feeding practices of children||have a broad knowledge of research methodology and funding to develop their skills||Avoid taking up areas one is not competent in that could signify incompetence and thus reduce the confidence of senior researchers or research councils in them||I would encourage them to manage their time effectively to develop other research design skills during their training. I would also suggest that on completion, they should seek for support to develop the skills they lack to make them effective researchers, and to sharpen their existing skills to make them proficient.||21/07/16 17:17||21/07/16 17:35|
|NG - Nigeria||First year of my PhD||Experiences of academic failure in high-stakes examinations.||Disciplinary identity and inclusion||No idea||Prioritise professional growth as much as academic growth.||21/07/16 17:40||21/07/16 17:44|
|BD - Bangladesh||1st year of my Phd, 9 months gone.||Risk Perception and Enterprise Risk Management in Banking Industry.||Data collection||Frastation.||Be patient. Be determined. Maintain Regularity in Study.||21/07/16 17:43||21/07/16 17:48|
|UG - Uganda||First year on my PhD||Exploring quality in managing learner support for distance education in-service primary school teachers||Limited research skills and experience to compete favourably for research funding||Fear to venture in the unknown in the field of research||Persevere and persist to improve on your research skills, Learn from what has already been done in your field of research, and desist from academic theft.||21/07/16 18:30||21/07/16 18:43|
|GB - United Kingdom||third year of my PhD||modeling and analysis of future generation wireless networks||to get up to speed with the rapidly evolving literature. Time management and organization||Adhering to your area and maintaining a narrow scope. While research demands a focused study of an area, we have to constantly remind ourselves to not lose sight of the bigger picture.||Make a firm and an informed decision about your research area and stick to it.||21/07/16 18:38||21/07/16 18:48|
|GB - United Kingdom||First year of my PhD||Dexterous manipulation in Robotics||Overconfidence due to the Dunning Kruger effect.||Taking an admission in a research field you are not passionate about. Your publications, network are all directly related your supervisors ability. So choose one wisely.||When you do a thing for the first time, do it in the proper way. Especially theoretical foundations.||21/07/16 18:48||21/07/16 18:53|
|GB - United Kingdom||Second year of my PhD||Energy efficient collaborative processing in wireless sensor networks||Managing your supervisory team||Research a school and supervisor properly before applying. Your success and progress in the early years depends a lot on the support you receive from your supervisor and research group.||Intelligence is not enough to succeed as an early researcher. You'll need loads of pattendees both with yourself and your supervisorstaff. With persistence, every challenge can be surmounted.||21/07/16 18:45||21/07/16 18:54|
|GB - United Kingdom||Master's degree in view||A review of the approaches used for the management of invasive plant species||The access to research information and the rigour of writing critically.||Plagiarism and lack of collaborative work with other researchers.||Stay focused. |
Do not restrict your imagination and creativity.
|21/07/16 18:50||21/07/16 18:57|
|UG - Uganda||pursuing a master's degree||Sex and cultural differences in childhood predispositions towards fantasy play and existence of imaginary companions||Choosing a good and feasible research topic/right research topic yet it is very important to have one. Once the topic is off, most of the other aspects of the research become hard to go about, finding literature becomes challenging etc||Avoid using jargon. Failure to carefully and critically assess previous research. Failure to stick to the stated timeline.||Pay attention to detail, ground myself in research and also ready to listen and learn.||21/07/16 17:07||21/07/16 19:03|
|MY - Malaysia||2nd year of PhD||drug discovery||peer support||More haste less speed||Follow your interest||21/07/16 19:02||21/07/16 19:04|
|GB - United Kingdom||last semester of master's degree||â€œMothers perspectives of the effectiveness of the â€˜Community Management of Acute Malnutritionâ€™ (CMAM) intervention: a comparison of urban slum and rural areas of Bangladeshâ€||1. Identifying sampling size |
2. Appropriate analysis procedure
|1. Planning appropriate methodology before starting the research|
2. Setting research question and objectives
3. Preparing data collection tools, specially questionnaire
|1. Understand your objectives properly|
2. Start in small scale
|21/07/16 19:02||21/07/16 19:16|
|KE - Kenya||First year PhD||Examining kangaroo mother care practice in nairobi county,Kenya using mixed methods approach with the aim of improving preterm infant survival rate.||graduate writing skills/competency||Reading on graduate writing and learning computer technologies like Endnote, OneNote and outlook calendar among others.||Network with many professionals and fellow students, have a good relationship with supervisors, grab every opportunity that comes by for professional and developmental growth, be aggressive/assertive. look for what you want and finally but not least pursue technical writing competency persistently.||21/07/16 18:01||21/07/16 19:38|
|GB - United Kingdom||Just finished a master's degree and proceeding to a PhD||ILO's Convention for Domestic labour||Guidance and mentoring||The tendency to assume you can do it all alone||Network and always be on the lookout for new information||21/07/16 19:37||21/07/16 19:40|
|BD - Bangladesh||2nd year of phd||Contribution of thin overbank sandstone in/as petroleum reservoir||Research hypothesis||Go through lots of recent articles||Literature review, research methodology||21/07/16 20:33||21/07/16 20:42|
|GB - United Kingdom||First year of my PhD||Maternal Health services use among adolescents||Lack of access to relevant literature||Plagiarism||Stick to a timeline of activities||21/07/16 21:03||21/07/16 21:26|
|UG - Uganda||Just finishing a master's degree||Identify antigens that might elicit a robust HIV-1 vaccine.||Unecessary red tape required to get novel research ideas funded. I appreciate that a lot of it is necessary to clearly support feasible research that will directly benefit public health or lead to novel discoveries. However this should not give a lot of powers to third parties precisely, local institutional directors and or supervisors that in many cases impede progress by using the rules to enhance their own sinister goals.||Getting comfortable with accomplishing other people's research. A great deal of researchers start by working under principal investigators whose research they accomplish and end up destroying their own research aspirations.||1.) Write down all your ideas and carefully think through them, 2.) Just because an expert in the field presents a notion does not mean it is correct or cannot be challenged, 3.) There is nothing academic you cannot achieve with the necessary input of effort.||21/07/16 21:11||21/07/16 21:38|
|NA - Namibia||Dissertation||Public Health, Developing a prediction model.||Time management and commitment and speaking to people about your work.||Avoid keeping your work to yourself, always speak out your work to friends and other lecturers apart from your supervisor or generally those working in that field, they always have a lot to add and suggest, that can improve your work.||1. Set up your work timeline and try by all means to stick to it. 2. Explore everywhere online, books, other libraries and communicating with people and above all enjoy what you are doing and always have fun.||21/07/16 22:11||21/07/16 22:19|
|GB - United Kingdom||Completing Masters||Surface Mineralogy of Planets||Funding||Networking and being uptodate in the respective research area||1. Lots of reading|
2. Lots of writing
3. Lots of speaking
|21/07/16 22:20||21/07/16 22:24|
|NG - Nigeria||Last year of my PhD||I am working on using clay and sawdust, which is a cheap and readily available material in some developing countries, to improve the containment of toxic substances from landfills in order to protect groundwater from contamination and thereby protect public health and the environment.||Mentorship||Working alone, ignoring the advice of experienced researchers, not being self-critical, and not supporting other researchers.||1. Identify and work closely with a mentor. 2. Develop collaborative and communication skills.||22/07/16 05:23||22/07/16 05:49|
|ZA - South Africa||Masters and 5 years of working in science||Studies were on grassland suffrutices and their conservation but working in Vegetation science in general||Whether to invest in time and energy in publishing or to invest time in gaining practical experience.||Publish honour and masters work as soon as possible. This can be difficult if you begin work soon after your studies but get as much done as possible when you can.||1. Publish your masters!|
2. Make the best of your internship/s as the people you meet and the skills you learn are all relevant.
3. The sub-communities in science are small and you will keep meeting and working with the same people repeatedly so be nice to great people and steer clear of gossip.
|22/07/16 06:48||22/07/16 07:04|
|AG - Antigua and Barbuda||Finishing my Master's Degree||I am researching Master Teachers perception, practice and policy.||I believe we face knowing exactly how to write our research.||Avoid not following your own interest.||Distinguish between what you know and what you should know as a researcher.|
Allow space for changes.
Know not all advice is good advice.
|22/07/16 07:35||22/07/16 07:41|
|GB - United Kingdom||Just finished a master's degree||Public Procurement Policy||Telling how to go about their research and which articles are worth citing||Not being able to define the research questions as soon as possible||1. Define your research question 2. Know how to conduct literature search 3. Identify and know how to use tools for literature write up||22/07/16 07:44||22/07/16 07:50|
|NG - Nigeria||Rounding off with first year of my PhD||New technology for recovering precious metals from solid waste matrices||Poor competence with laboratory procedures||Refusing to ask questions||Ask questions|
Share your frustrations
|22/07/16 09:28||22/07/16 09:34|
|PK - Pakistan||3rd year of my phd||Wind farm control and optimisation for power maximisation and load minimisation||Getting industry input and data and the pressure to publish papers.||Researchers should go for depth rather than breadth in their specific area of research.||Read and read more, keep yourself updated in your field of research.|
Go for depth rather than breath in your research.
Networking with academics and industry
|22/07/16 09:19||22/07/16 09:40|
|BD - Bangladesh||First year PhD||I am exploring the Immune response of Melioidosis||Lack of opportunities.|
Recognition of work particularly in developing countries.
Lack of facilities/ resources.
Lack of empowerment.
Role model to follow.
Continue your endeavor and wait for your time.
|Choose the work you can enjoy.|
Build rapport with your peer colleagues.
Be professional and motivated.
Set goal/ target
|22/07/16 10:47||22/07/16 10:54|
|DE - Germany||Just finished my PhD||Characterization of proteasome precursor complexes in yeast||The lack of positions in academia and the fact that PhD does not prepare students for other jobs outside academia.||An early-career research should avoid focusing only on his experiments and seek professional formations outside the lab.||I would do more professional courses outside the laboratory and take more time to read scientific papers.||22/07/16 12:13||22/07/16 12:16|
|NG - Nigeria||First year of my PhD||bovine tuberculosis in plateau state||different research environment||laboratory experiences on new methods||be the best you can be|
|22/07/16 12:22||22/07/16 12:26|
|GB - United Kingdom||First year of my PhD||Barriers to innovation and their impact on firm's innovative capacity and economic performance||Getting funds for research and having their research published in internationally recognized journals||Avoid working without a clear direction,||Team up or maintain close contacts with your PhD supervisor even after graduation. It will enhance your research capabilities and open up new research opportunities||22/07/16 12:17||22/07/16 12:35|
|ZA - South Africa||Just completed my PhD||Characterization of nutritional and health beneficial properties of indigenous banana cultivars obtained in South Africa||Early career researchers are faced with the problem of their research niche and area of specialization. Another challenge faced with early-career researcher is in the choice of supervisors or principal investigators in their area of specialization. This is very important in the early stage of the career-researcher as the researcher navigates their way around in establishing them self in their core area of specialization||Choosing a research niche which the early researcher is not comfortable or happy with. The early researcher must choose a field that suites the strength of the researcher else there will be a struggle when troubles and challenges arise||Discipline, hard work and self motivation.||22/07/16 12:30||22/07/16 12:50|
|GB - United Kingdom||Just finishing my master's degree||Smart grid technologies for sustainable energy solutions||When there are multiple parties involved in a same project and you need approval for every major decision, you lose significant time in bringing everyone on same page to agree on the decision after numerous tailoring.||Never think you know everything! One will be surprised to see the amount of things one has to unlearn every day||Network, attend lots of events to learn about current markets & developments||22/07/16 13:01||22/07/16 13:11|
|NG - Nigeria||Second year of my PhD||The biogeochemical factors triggering arsenic release into aquifers||Getting funding for postgraduate studies (PhD mainly); getting a post-doctorate position; getting national/international grants for the purchase of relevant equipment/machinery in support of high quality research in the researcher's country.||An early-career researcher should avoid focusing on projects that are outdated or all-over-the-place. The best means of choosing a relevant research focus in this century is to key into any of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that is related to the researcher's interest. This way, the research area will be relevant both locally and globally, and has a higher probability of getting funded. |
Early-career researchers should also learn how to actively publish their findings in international journals and stop the habit of postponing it or leaving it in the hands of their supervisors who may not have the time to pull it through. Despite how rigorous the process of publishing may be, its benefits cannot be overemphasized. Having high quality papers in international peer-reviewed journals with moderate impact factors, may assist researchers climb to the next stage of their academic careers.
|1. Never give up irrespective of the tonnes of disappointing mails you receive from scholarship sponsors or potential supervisors.|
2. Always be willing and prepared to learn new skills/competences even if not directly related to your course of study.
3. Keep an active professional network with researchers of similar interest/drive, for the sharing of ideas/advice for the next phase of your career.
|22/07/16 14:54||22/07/16 15:15|
|GB - United Kingdom||Second year of PhD||Robustness of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks||The clarity of research direction and tools to use.||They should be very well aware of who are they going to work with and whether it suits their style. There's nothing worse than being stuck with a supervisor and team that you're not compatible with.||Do extensive self-analysis if you will enjoy the research on the topic that you have chosen. Obviously, for that you will need to know what does researching it involves. It's extremely difficult to keep yourself motivated if you don't like even a single bit about your research.||22/07/16 15:47||22/07/16 15:57|
|BD - Bangladesh||just finished a master's degree||I am working with oral cholera vaccine since last 3 years.||To find out a best platform.||A secured job||Be focused on your work.|
Take time to think what you are doing.
|22/07/16 16:10||22/07/16 16:14|
|US - United States||Master's degree||Antimicrobial resistance surveillance||Funding difficulties.||Avoid plagiarism in research||More sincerity||22/07/16 16:24||22/07/16 16:27|
|NG - Nigeria||Finished a master degree||Research on effective HIV program strategies for key population||Avoid danger of being too busy carrying out research and not having the time to publish||Dont stay in my small world, seek opportunities to network with other researchers||22/07/16 16:33||22/07/16 16:40|
|IN - India||second year of phd||analog vlsi||writing proposal|
|nothing||dont do research||22/07/16 17:05||22/07/16 17:08|
|IN - India||Final year PhD||fever patterns||Fellowships and funds for research||It mainly depends on topic, mentor and university where your doing research . If every thing is well and good, work goes easily.||1. Choose a good topic, good guide and a reputed university||22/07/16 18:17||22/07/16 18:23|
|BD - Bangladesh||just finished a master's degree"||climate change and environmental issues||The absence of a mentor or efficient guidance and lack of access to necessary data and also a shortage of financial support for conducting field data collection and lab analysis.||Free themselves from all kinds of ego in practical field and be hardworking at the same be concerned about research ethics.||be hardworking, be ethically honest.||22/07/16 18:30||22/07/16 18:56|
|NG - Nigeria||just finished MSC and applied for PHD||effect of plant extract on biochemical profile of albino rats||self confidence and finance||don't lose confidence,be ready to be mentored, encourage team work instead of working alone.||seek advice from mentor and start career with a team consisting of researchers with similar interest||22/07/16 19:06||22/07/16 19:20|
|BD - Bangladesh||Masters||RCT||Data quality||Quality data collection||Data analysis techniques need to learn more||23/07/16 00:58||23/07/16 01:02|
|PK - Pakistan||Middle Stage- PhD Completed five years ago||Organizational Management and International Business Practices||Access to resources and English proficiency||avoid becoming victims in the hands of cyber criminals||Read extensive literature, improve English, access the latest data and research papers from top class journals||23/07/16 05:03||23/07/16 05:08|
|NG - Nigeria||A postdoc researcher in UK, got my PhD in 2011.||Nanoparticles in eco-friendly pesticide formulations||Funding.||1. Getting very deeply drawn into administrative responsibilities. |
2. Publishing in predatory journals.
|1. Apply for postdocs almost straight after PhD|
2. Write down your goals and work at achieving them
3. Create time to write manuscripts to publish your work. And for projects, IF IT'S NOT WORTH PUBLISHING, IT'S NOT WORTH DOING!
|23/07/16 09:13||23/07/16 09:23|
|SZ - Swaziland||Third year of my PhD||Moral Phiilosophical Perspective on Citizenship Education||Getting publications is one of the challenges early career reserchers face because funding for their research including fellowships, post-docs and acdemic jobs are dependent on one's publications (particularly REF-able publications).||Early career resarchers should avoid leaving writing for publication until very late into the PhD. While writing for publicaation takes time off the PhD, one should aim to finish early so that he/she may work on writing for publication. If you can publish and produce your thesis at the same time, all the better.||Research is more about effort than your brain power. One needs to be resilient and have a strong mental character in order to make it in research/PhD. Social life is also important in as as much as one should devote most of the time on research. Volunteering, sport, family, friends, etc are important aspects of making it in research. Networking with other colleagues is also very critical for growth and testing one's ideas through conferences, informal gathering etc.||23/07/16 10:55||23/07/16 11:12|
|BD - Bangladesh||2nd year of PhD||attribution of extreme weather events||learning and utilizing research tools and techniques; time management and becoming interactive with the existing researchers of the same field||Taking a research field, where s/he has no prior knowledge base or experience||#NAME?||23/07/16 13:22||23/07/16 13:33|
|GB - United Kingdom||End of second year of PhD, following MSc||New materials for perovskite solar cells||Instability and competitive nature of funding. Most funding schemes e.g. post-doc positions are for up to two years, and after this the funding for establishing a research group is seldom for more than five years. Obtaining the funding is also incredible competitive.||I'm not sure yet. Perhaps being unable to accept criticism in a constructive way? Or assuming that the only positions available are those that are advertised?||You've got more time than you think. There's no need to rush through life like a crazy thing.|
Make the most of all the opportunities offered to you.
If you don't ask, you won't get - most professional opportunities come through networking rather than online searching.
|23/07/16 18:28||23/07/16 18:34|
|ZM - Zambia||First year of my PhD||I am researching in intermittent water distribution systems||Getting research equipment and funding||Failure to integrate with existing old researchers in ones institution||(1) Identify old researchers your can work with; (2) putting in the best when you have a chance to work in a team; (3) Write research proposals whenever there is a call in the relevant field||23/07/16 20:59||23/07/16 21:09|
|PK - Pakistan||finished PhD||polio eradication and immunization||research funds||avoid conflicts with senior researchers||always avoid conflicts, give preference to the benefit of your institution/ organization, give respect and learn from your seniors||24/07/16 03:26||24/07/16 03:34|
|CG - Congo, Republic of the||senior researcher||Materials science and particularly natural fibers and earth bricks properties||know how to draft project and find sources of funding||Search quantity of publications in the expense of quality;insulate||Taking the time to plan its work|
Look for competent collaborations instead of going out of his field of expertise
|24/07/16 10:00||24/07/16 10:18|
|DE - Germany||Early career researcher, Just finished a PhD degree.||Effects of land use change on the ecological potentials of land||Securing funding for research||Avoid not to be alone but also avoid to liaise with the wrong group of people. It is good to aim high but avoid stating ambitious objectives that may take a long time or worse still, never be achieved.||If you want to stay on in Academia, endeavor to publish articles, peer review papers, from your works as you find the opportunity to do so. Keep yourself connected with colleagues and expand your network with professionals in your research area, for you may need them in future.||24/07/16 12:53||24/07/16 13:11|
|GH - Ghana||Just finished a masters degree||Nutrition||Funding||Procrastination||Learn every day and don't wait||24/07/16 17:19||24/07/16 17:25|
|GB - United Kingdom||Still working on my Master dissertation||I am searching an impact of continuing professional development on personal and professional development of academic staff in higher education||There are many challenges indeed but I would mention one or two according to my perception and experience of research abroad. This is not an easy task to approach your desired participants or respondent to collect data for the research.||According to my understanding, at an early-career research there is a need that a research should have excellent understanding about each and every aspect of research, data collection, data analysis etc. Apart from this, a researcher must have several other skills to encounter unwanted problems such as problem solving, critical thinking skill, analytical skills etc.||Always respect the suggestions and opinion of seniors||24/07/16 18:56||24/07/16 19:19|
|ZA - South Africa||HIV AIDS and TB||Knowledge of how to find funding and how to convey their results to academic and lay audiences||Not having a good academic mentor||Start your research career early. Find the world expert in your field and make contact and read all their publications.||25/07/16 08:14||25/07/16 08:28|
|ZM - Zambia||About to begin my third year of my PhD||Illucidating the contact interfaces of two partner proteins, one of which when deregulated promotes the progression of cancer.||Research has several unexpected pitfalls, not necessarily due to the researcher but 'science' as it were. Adequate knowledge of how to negotiate these pitfalls, knowing when to divert is one of the biggest challenges early researches face||Procastination and loosing focus on the ultimate goal of the research especially when things are not moving as fast as one would have hoped for.||Set out work plan, stick to it,have a contingency plan. Secondly, be confident,the researcher may fill inadequate for the task but with time they will be an authority in the field. Thirdly, avoid any stress,the researcher mental well being plays a significant part of the research. Thank you||25/07/16 09:12||25/07/16 09:31|
|UG - Uganda||Just completed a Masters degree||Reproductive Health||Searching for updated Literature||Plagriarism||1) Career development should be married with hands on experience 2) Need to understand statistical analysis methods other than merely cramming them||25/07/16 11:23||25/07/16 11:29|
|LS - Lesotho||finished master's degreee||Phone Facial Recognition||Finding a research question is the problem. And then finding all literature that talk about the same topic.||Failure to contact potential supervisors in time.||1. Make sure you choose the topic you understand very well.|
2. Never Plagiarise
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|ZW - Zimbabwe||Final year of my PhD||Herb-antiretroviral drug interactions in HIV patients||Access to funding||Network, focus conference attendance to only one or two areas of research, oral presentations give the best value for time invested||25/07/16 12:22||25/07/16 13:11|
|GB - United Kingdom||first year PhD||Marine biodiversity on artificial structures||Getting started; finding the appropriate resources to help start the project; connecting with the appropriate researchers to help launch the project||Becoming frustrated if things don't fall into place immediately||1. read more lit and 2. network!||25/07/16 18:03||25/07/16 18:06|
|NG - Nigeria||About to do seminar for my PhD||Classroom environment and resource provision for meeting the information needs of students with hearing impairment||The biggest problem early career researchers face is the money involve is data collection||Manipulating research data||It is good to collaborate with more experienced re-|
Do not get frustrated when publishers turn down your work and Keep trying
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|NG - Nigeria||About to finish my Master's degree||Physiological and Morphological Basis of Drought Tolerance in Selected West African and Malaysian Rice Cultivars||Communicating their ideas properly.||An early-career researcher is likely to attempt to 'save the world' with one research topic. Research endeavours must be realistic, broad but reasonably focused. Also, the tempatation to go in every direction as far as your research interests are concerned. I think it's better to find a niche and be an expert in a few fields not in everything.||Quit being so afraid of failing. It's better to attempt and fail than not do anything at all. Learn to work on your ideas and talk about it to the right people. It may just be the breakthrough you need.||28/07/16 12:15||28/07/16 13:27|
|GB - United Kingdom||Finished my PhD, now in a 2nd post-doctoral role.||I am conducting practice-based educational research, focused on pedagogy and policy solutions for combating socio-economic educational disadvantage.||Finding a decent paying, long term role which provides training and career progression is the greatest challenge.||Avoid narrowly pursuing only one career path -- success as a researcher in many fields now means being able to demonstrate a broader portfolio of skills and competencies. Say yes to opportunities!||Seek out and say yes to opportunities which broaden your experience base. Avoid over committing to time-consuming projects with poorly defined schedules and outcomes. Master a practical skill within your discipline which gives you an edge.||31/07/16 20:35||31/07/16 20:43|
|NG - Nigeria||Last yeat of PhD||Ecology and diagnostics of Banana bunchy top virus||Access to well-equipped laboratory and funding||Publishing in predatory journals, research ethics||1. Beware of little errors that can ruin 2. Have a healthy relationship with your academic adviser. 3. Always ask questions when you are not clear.||01/08/16 06:55||01/08/16 07:03|
|CM - Cameroon||Professional||The development of solidarity||Funds for the research||laziness||Hardwork, research, curiosity||01/08/16 10:21||01/08/16 10:32|
|GB - United Kingdom||Third year of my PhD||Application of remote sensing products in hydrology||Time management, research resources, and communication skills||Time wasting and distractions||1. Focus and concentration |
2. Time management
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