So you want to be a qualitative researcher?

You’re in your first few years as a researcher and you think – those quallies look like they have it pretty good.  They travel more than your average quant researcher, they seem to have fun toys to play with (play doh, collages, projective techniques), and sometimes they’re even able to come into work late! Well,…

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33 Ways to Stay Creative

Distracted on a Friday afternoon (why does that always happen? strange hey?)  and I’ve just stumbled across a beautiful tumblr blog of images called Gypsy Mess .  In no way research related, but so many gorgeous images, I can’t stop looking. They’ve included one image of this list of 33 ways to stay creative.  I’ve printed…

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The thing about networking

Networking.  Ya gotta do it.  It’s one of those things that people always talk about on careers days, or something your boss says is really important.  They’ve even created new, excellent means of doing it without even talking to people face-to-face (social networking anyone?).  But the one thing I’ve found growing up as a researcher…

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A Qualitative Researcher’s travel kit

There’s a piece of paper that I have kept with me since my first job.  In my early years as a researcher, it was perhaps the most useful piece of paper I had – my list of ‘what to take’ when traveling for focus groups. Looking at it now, some parts are a little out…

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Help! I’m making a video!

Last week, I spent an exciting week learning how to use Sony Vegas.  Sony Vegas is video editing software, which I was using to edit footage of in-depth interviews I’d done a couple of weeks before. It’s been a while since I’ve done video outputs, but I’ve always found them fraught with disaster.  They are a real…

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