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Research skills

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What are research skills?

Research skills can be anything from looking at competitors and seeing what they do well to producing a written report on how your department could work better. Doing research in the world of work is all about stepping back from your day-to-day work and looking at ways you can improve.

Some examples of research skills that you may have include:

  • Report writing

  • Analysing lots of information from different sources

  • Finding information off the internet

  • Critical thinking

Why do employers want people with research skills?

Good researchers are vital to employers. Graduates who can research more deeply into their industry are often able to come up with new ideas and better ways of running a company. Being able to conduct good research into your sector will also show that you are dedicated to your employer and have the desire to improve.

How can you show you have them?

Luckily, as a graduate you will have had plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your research skills over the course of your degree. You should be able to talk about how you researched your final project or dissertation topic and how you went into depth for essays or practical work.

You can also demonstrate your research skills by examining what you know about the industry or company you want to work for. The more you can show you know, the better your opportunity of impressing.

How are research skills used in the world of work?

How you use research skills in your job depends on where you work and what you do. Research skills can be used to find better ways of working, to improve the standing of your company or to find new products or projects to work on.
Being a researcher can also be a full-time job in its own right. Researchers work across all industries, including academia.

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