Choose a research methodology that suits your character

September 18, 2017

I've written before about different research topics being suitable for different people. What makes a good project for one person might be totally unsuitable for another (hence why I don't provide thesis topics). The same applies to specific research methodologies.

As an undergraduate I always enjoyed lab work more than lectures, so it made much more sense to do an experimental project than something more theoretical. The project was still difficult and often stressful, but I was much happier doing spanner-work than I would have been doing simulations.

So if you hate doing statistics, maybe don't do quantitative research. If you don't really enjoy talking to people, perhaps you shouldn't do interviews.

Of course you can and should learn new skills and step outside your comfort zone, but it doesn't make sense to base the bulk of your work on a research methodology that goes against your basic character.

See also:
Who you work with is just as important as what you do
How to choose a PhD thesis topic
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