Have you ever wondered if you could plan your PhD process better? Would it be easier if you knew how much time is needed to develop lab skills, or to prepare for data collection, or to get into the writing mode?
Would the PhD process be less stressful if you had a good plan? Proper planning is one part of Project Management practice, which represents a useful skill for research. Ultimately, the PhD may be the first project in a longer professional career, regardless of the career choice, within or outside academia.
There are many ways how you can improve your project management skills. Examples include:
- Breaking your research goals into small tasks and setting clear goals to finish each task. For example, collecting data can entail several tasks that need to be well planned: getting your ethics approved, preparing questions for surveys, preparing for travel, or visiting the library, and so on.
- Start using tools that help you schedule the activities. Once you break down your research project into small tasks, you will need to set priorities and time management is vital. Time is essential for any successful project.
- Small tasks can reduce the level of stress for several reasons. First, you can always go back to your plan and revisit your priorities – the best way to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the whole process. Secondly, a good plan can provide a good confidence boost. By reminding yourself of the boxes that you have already ticked, you will gain a great source of, sometimes much needed, motivation!
Project management is something you probably do in your mind automatically. But to improve your skills, the LDC Development team has prepared a resource offering tips about apps that can improve research productivity.
There is also an opportunity to learn more about project management and how to use project management skills through the interactive workshop:
Introduction to Project Management, Tools and Techniques. 10 March 9:30-12:30.
Do join us to gain ideas on how to manage a project well, make life easier for yourself and to boost your career prospects!
Of further interest, with booking to open 02 March:
Introduction to Project Management (by Fistral training) 8th June 09:15-16:00
To find about other ways to boost your career prospects, join us for other webinars and workshop focused on a different aspect of career planning:
PGR ‘Career Ready’ bootcamp 05 March 09:15-16:00
Webinar: Developing your interview skills 19 March 13:30-14:30
Also of interest this week is:
Webinar: Managing and Facilitating Meetings 26 February 12:30-13:30
Check the full list of available workshops and webinars see here.
Mate Subašić, LDC Development Communications Officer