The student journey: student as researcher and postgraduate skill development

Jennifer Scally, Andrea J. Cameron

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

198 Downloads (Pure)


This case study provides a reflective account of the experiences of a student researcher recruited to a project exploring the career journeys of sports graduates from 2000-2015. While a final year undergraduate sport student, the lead author was employed to collect and organise the output for a funded employability transitions project. This article considers the methodology and some of the output from the project, but more specifically focuses on personal skill development and the student’s preparedness for the transition to postgraduate study. The paper provides an overview of what motivated the student to become involved in the project and her early expectations of what being a research assistant would entail. It also charts the evolution of skills across the duration of the project and how these have transferred to her current status as a postgraduate research student. The personal account is contextualised to literature regarding the requirements of postgraduate study and work regarding students as partners, with the reader invited to consider opportunities in their own institutions for this type of development activity, with the aim being to ease transition to this level of study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2017


  • Postgraduate study
  • Transitions
  • Student as researcher


Dive into the research topics of 'The student journey: student as researcher and postgraduate skill development'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this