How To Become A Professional Researcher

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There has never been a better time to be a researcher. Whether it is research focused on medicine, technology, chemistry or something else, the world needs innovations at an ever faster rate. If you decide to go this route, then you have a great chance of finding a career that is always in demand.

Universities, governments and even corporations have departments that focus on some kind of research. With the right education and dedication, you will surely find the right fit for what you are looking to research.

In this article, I will go over the steps you need to take if you plan to become a researcher.

Education

The first step is to find the right university. It is important to find a university that has a strong focus on research. Bangor University is one such example and produces graduates that find work in a number of research positions in the scientific fields.

The best universities to study to become a researcher are ones that offer hands on experience. If they have a strong research department, then the odds are good that you will get more practical experience than if you end up in one without.

Look for people that have studied at your university of choice and ask them about the experience. It is also helpful to find a sort of mentor that will guide you through the process of picking a university as they will know which ones will be best for your area of focus.

Narrow your focus

As you are researching which university is best, you should also be trying to pinpoint which area you should focus on. For instance, if you are interested in chemistry then you should look at that industry and find an area within that topic to study and become a researcher.

The key is to specialize in a topic so you can become an authority on that one area. Make sure to look at trends in research to find a topic you are interested in that has an upward trend in terms of demand. If you go too narrow you may have trouble finding work. Too broad and there is too much competition for a limited number of spots.

Get involved

While you are studying, you need to get some hands on experience. Do some internships to gain that experience and to expand your network. You’ll need to have a group of peers and professionals that you surround yourself with.

When you have people in positions that you are looking towards doing yourself, then they will give you some tips on what you can be doing now to make sure that you are in a position when your studies are done that puts you in a job. They can also help you find the right internship and guide you through the years you are in university.

One of these people might end up being a mentor to you that takes you under their wing and provides the guidance that you need.