Embarking on a Research Program

Most people start quaking when they find out they have to do a research-based program, or write a research proposal. It is actually easier than you think. Just read on to find out how to go about embarking on a research program.

The very first step in doing a research-based program is to decide what area you are going to focus on. You can write on just about anything, whether it’s a hobby or of professional interest. Generally, most people will choose an area they enjoy or that they are good in.

You could choose a hobby or past-time, let’s say, playing video games. Or you could choose an area of your own specialisation (ie. something related to your job).

Often, choosing a topic for research may depend on several factors. This brings us to the question “Why are you doing this research?”

Some people may decide to further their own knowledge in a specific field. Others may have job promotion in mind. Sometimes, people just want to “get out” and do something completely different. There are also cases of students who first started out in the particular field, but spent their working lives in another area, and who now wish to return to their original skills. Retired people often look for new challenges. There are those of course, who are more interested in the end result of the research program i.e. the diploma itself. Ultimately, it depends on the individual and this guide is to help students get the most out of their research experience.