So this week is basically a week of me sitting in the labs and having people come in to fill out questionnaires.
My experiment consists of four conditions with 20 people in each (10 female, 10 male). I am looking at whether people’s explanations of crime differ depending on the gender of the offender and depending on the type of crime that they have committed, which in our case is domestic violence of a partner, or assault of a stranger. It should hopefully bring us some really interesting results, which I will be sure to update you all on, but for now I have to put up with the monotonous part of collecting the data and entering it all onto an SPSS database, from which we will later run the analysis. However, I do quite enjoy being a researcher now, it’s quite fun doing all the testing this time rather than being a participant again.
3rd year is pretty intense although I do feel more in control this year, knowing what to expect and what is required to get the good marks etc. Can’t believe it is almost over though, it has gone sooo fast! I may eventually do a master but I am going to take a year out next year to gain some more work experience (hoping to work in a school as either a teaching assistant or in learning support), work on some music and just generally have a break from education for a while. I also don’t want to rush into a masters when I’m still not sure about what career path I want to head down. Therefore I am looking for jobs starting in September instead. I went to a ‘Effective CVs’ meeting, run by the university’s careers service today and over Christmas I will use these tips to try and improve my current CV. Then, in January, I will book an appointment with one of the careers service staff who can individually check my draft CV before I apply to work. Work applications are so important and so I would recommend anyone who is looking for a job to go to this talk and make the most of the careers service, as I haven’t taken full advantage of it and wish I had more. Thankfully I still have the rest of this year to attend more talks and prepare myself for leaving university. I have also applied for some to get some work experience in a nearby school from January onwards and have a meeting with the headteacher next week, so that will be really exciting if she is happy to let me volunteer in her school. Fingers crossed 🙂