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Most departments have at least one person who is a projects buff, just as most have at least one person who’s sound on stats, and one who’s sound on the literature back to 1842, and so on. If you have a chat with the person who’s good on projects (who is not always the one who’s in charge of organising the projects), and explain to them what you want to do 16 INTRODUCTION with your life, then there’s a good chance that they’ll suggest something helpful. It’s worth remembering that you know what you want from your life (well, to some extent at least), and that they know about ways of getting there; they’ve been in the profession for longer than you, so they’ll know all sorts of ways that you’d never have thought of.

We’ll discuss the methodological flaws in this belief later. For the time being, you might want to try envisaging an interview panel deep in deliberation about the candidates: more specifically, you might want to imagine one of the panel saying: ‘Wow, did you notice that one of them did a Google search for previous work, and then did a questionnaire survey? ’ You might then like to think about the implications from the viewpoint of cabinetmaking. A useful tip, when planning a piece of research (or an interview strategy, come to that) is to write down a sensible, obvious plan on a sheet of paper, and then draw a line through it with a thick red pen.

The risk is that it would actually be easy for anyone to do, in which case it’s hardly likely to impress anyone when you’ve finished it. A wiser strategy is either to do a topic which is easy for you because of your prior knowledge, but which would be difficult for anyone else, or to do a topic which is difficult for anyone including you. Both these strategies leave you with a set of demonstrable skills which can help you move on towards your goals. You will probably be able to say what you want to do with your life (though you may not: the final section of this book, about planning your later life, may be useful in that case).

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