Hi all, welcome to scienceiq. In this post, I will discuss ideas to build your research profile. The most common advice you would have received as a novice researcher is reading lots of articles and practicing writing. Reading and writing papers will help you develop your writing skills, but there is more to it. I will share few ideas to build your research profile in this post.
TIPS for building your research profile
#1 Collaborate – It is the key aspect to grow as a researcher. Collaboration teaches mutual respect, teamwork, commitment, and shared-knowledge. It helps you understand a topic from a broader perspective. Collaborating with people outside your geographical area will also help you understand different cultures and practices. Collaborating with varying disciplines will help you get a better understanding of a topic. And in the end, you make good friends after a successful collaboration.
#2 Keep your social media accounts active and interact with your scientific community – I am not talking about Snapchat and Instagram, but social media accounts related to research such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Research Gate, and Facebook are helpful to build your research profile. You get updates on the latest articles, research projects, and opportunities by being active on these accounts. Plus, you will showcase your research work and get more reads and citations for your published articles.
#3 Make a timeline and stick with it – I have strictly followed setting up a timeline for my projects and adhering to it, and it has paid off every time. Building your research career requires dedication and constant effort. You can’t make it by doing something once. You have to put in continuous and regular efforts. Even though it is a standard tip applicable to all areas of life, it is still reliable.
#4 Keep learning a new research skill – There is no end to learning, especially in research. So keep updating and learning new research skills from time to time. It can be learning new software for data analysis or learning a new research design. It will always give you an edge if you keep updating your research skills.
#5 Learn to write grants – This might look like a distant dream for people learning to conduct research, but it is essential to survive in the research field and academia. Start helping in writing grants with your seniors to get some idea about the structure of the proposal. Also, keep an eye on the “call for grant proposals” in your respective areas.
#6 Set aside time every day for personal development – You may be super busy with your work duties, parenting, and family. Still, you need to set aside some dedicated time every day or every week for your personal growth. It is not possible to grow in academia without persistence. It only requires some time management and discipline. My blogging has come down drastically after joining full-time work, but I still try to devote few hours a week to this blog.
I have incorporated all these tips in my research career, and it has proved helpful for me. I hope you can also use a few of these tips to grow and achieve your dreams. Wishing you great luck!