Completing Your Dissertation: 10 Strategies for Success

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This article was written by Kevin, a professional educator and a private tutor with over 8 years of experience.

Writing a dissertation is not easy. If you feel stuck from time to time, then the good news is that you are not alone in this position. Many students feel just as exhausted as you do.

Writing a thesis is very time-consuming.

Arunav Sanyal said on Quora that it took him around 4 months and every weekend during three months of the summer break to complete a thesis.

Meanwhile, Megan McNames states that it took her “282 hours total. That includes 67 hours of research (lit review and user research), 60 hours of design and development, 11 hours of user testing and about 144 hours of writing and editing.” Her paper was around 110 pages, and she added that additional 30 hours went on delivering an initial proposal.

However, they all did it despite all the time it took and all the stress it brought. And so can you. All you need right now is to get through the burnout, learn how to write a thesis statement and all the other parts of a dissertation and choose a proper strategy to success.

Wondering what that might be? We have the answer, so read on to find that out!

Tips for Dissertation Writing

1. Choose your topic wisely.

Remember that you will have to spend several months (if you are a diligent student) working on this paper. In order not to end up hating every minute of writing about this topic, choose something you feel passionate about and have profound knowledge in.

2. Improve your communication with the committee and an advisor.

Communication can open many doors for you, so make sure to build bridges from the start.

Let them know that you cannot wait for weeks for their answers and that you are determined to deal with all the tasks timely. Besides, make sure you make the most out of this communication: as teachers, they have a much better idea of what you are to do. So, use their wisdom for your own good!

3. Start early.

Do not postpone until the last minute. It is better to start earlier while you still can seek assistance.

Plan your thesis writing ahead of time, and use every minute of your day for this task.

4. Find great technological solutions for this matter.

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For instance, Remember the Milk offers you to keep track of all your plans. The app is available on all devices, so you will be able to keep track of your plans at all times.

5. Learn how to speed-read.

When looking for evidence to support your ideas, you will have to read tons of different sources. So, learning how to speed-read can be a huge blessing to you.

According to the ExecuRead, it takes you around 2 minutes to finish a page in a non-technical source, and almost 6 minutes if the source contains technical explanations. This all means that if you don’t want to live in a library, speed-reading is the solution for you.

6. Research well first.

Research is the foundation of your paper. You cannot continue building if you have not build a strong foundation first. So, to know what to write about and focus on in your paper, consider studying the subject well first.

7. Stay organized.

Do not jump from one task to another, as it takes you longer to get back on track.

Wrike states that only 2% of all people are good at doing several things at once. Meanwhile, others are simply wasting their time. So, stay organized and finish one task before starting the next one.

8. Say “No” to distractions.

Practice the “gadget-free desk” hours, as they can do real wonders. For instance, an app called “Rescue Time” can track the browser time productivity.

9. Do not strive for perfection.

You need to finish the thesis, but you do not have to eat yourself up in case you feel like you could have done much better. Excellence is great but not if it drives you crazy or makes you very unhappy with the results you are achieving. Be realistic, and do not push yourself to the limits.

10. Give it some time.

Every great scholar started at the same point of writing their first dissertation. They all had their struggles, felt exhausted and faced an absolute lack of ideas for their dissertation. But they went through it, because they knew why they were doing this.

Do not try to outdo yourself and keep going at your own pace. One day you will finish this dissertation, as long as you keep moving toward it slowly but steadily.

Wrapping it all up, we would like to point out that finishing your dissertation is absolutely possible. But only if you are using the proper strategy. Use ours, and you will be surprised with the results.

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

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1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career