Writing Articles Like aPro: Using SPSS and EndNote
We’re all hoping to fly through our postgraduate studies turmoil-free, submitting high-impact and relevant research assignments that return high marks and great publicity. But that’s wishful-thinking. Yes, you can submit some great research, and there is no way that any one of you should be unable to pass cum laude, but every researcher hits a stumbling-block in his/her work. However, data analytics and a bibliography should not be on the researcher’s list of problems though. We now have two impressive software engines that allow researchers to streamline their data management, as well as create some amazing bibliographies and referencing. These software are SPSS and EndNote, and they’re here to help you write articles like a pro.
Profiling Yourself as a Researcher Online
An important task that awaits any budding researcher is to create an online profile. As a researcher you will want to boost your online profile by creating a personal brand, selling yourself as well as your particular skillset to the highest bidder. I’m sure there are a few of you who fear this daunting responsibility, but here’s a few easy ways in which you can boost your own online profile.
South Africa Needs Engineers
There is no need to highlight the fact that South Africa is suffering what may be considered it’s second major ‘brain drain’ in the last 30 years. Engineers in particular find that there are many unmatched job opportunities available to them elsewhere, and the reason for this is that ALL countries seem to require skilled engineers in many different fields.
South African universities offer outstanding engineering courses, comparable to courses found in some of the best universities all over the world. This makes our engineering students highly sought after, and with a chance of better quality of life in first world countries in Europe, Australia and the USA, we cannot blame them for making the move overseas. This is considered to be the main cause of South Africa’s lack of highly-skilled engineers.
Jobs for Postgraduate Students
At Vaal University of Technology we invest a lot of time and wealth into each of our research students. Obviously we hope that all our students use their knowledge in their chosen fields in future, but it is ultimately the goal of gainful employment that is of the concern to the student.
Without employed postgraduate students, the scientific and economic landscape would be a sparse and empty one for sure. There is a direct correlation between the number of postgraduate students with jobs and the number of products and innovations developed, indicating that empowering graduates directly influences national development.
Being a Rated Researcher
If you are studying a postgraduate research degree, you may also want to consider being a rated researcher with the National Research Foundation.
The National Research Foundation is an independent government institution, established by the government to promote research within South Africa, as well as provide the required funding for a number of research projects. The institution’s mission is to assist with development of research in the country so that everyone may benefit from the studies of postgraduates and researchers. The Foundation also helps measure South African research against research made overseas, identifying where South African researchers rank in the international environment.