Upon beginning this research, I was interested in finding out what people thought of my topic. Does a students’ involvement in extra-curricular activities really effect their employability? I encountered a few experiences throughout the process and definitely learnt a lot.
There were a few things that I didn’t expect to happen throughout this research. In the early days of putting out my survey, a participant messaged me and told me that had entered the wrong data, due to how anonymous surveys work and the fact that the participant did not answer every question, the survey was shut down as it was unreliable. This lead me to look into agile research to continue my study. I ended up changing my type of research from focus groups to one-on-one interviews where I asked 4 questions to each subject, I was only able to complete 10 of these, so I turned it into another smaller survey and hoped that this one would not have any flaws.
Although there were flaws, I do believe I did some things well in this research. I took a step back from my stance on the topic and accepted every answer without being bias. This was particularly difficult as I had a reasonably strong view on the research before I began. I also believe that I handled having to change my research method well half way through, this was challenging for me as I believed that I would not have enough time to get everything done once I began again. I was partially correct with thinking that.
When I had to begin my research again, time management turned into an issue. Instead of conducting one or two focus groups, I was conducting 10 individual interviews and I had to remake a survey. This set me back quite a bit of time. If I had have started my research with this, it could have been very successful. Instead, I feel as though it is not to the best standard. Next time I will seek help if I have any questions earlier.
Upon finishing this assessment, I have learnt so much about how research works and how much time and dedication it takes to get it right! I would definitely change a few things if I were doing the research again, time management and better risk analysis being the main two areas. I really enjoyed learning about research.