15 January 2013 7 Comments
Dr Anuja Cabraal (@AnujaCabraal) has been a researcher for almost ten years. Over this time, she has worked on a lot of different topics, including learning and teaching, banking and architecture. Her favourite research areas are migration & identity studies and social & financial exclusion.
She is also a trainer and consultant with Nvivo, a qualitative research software program designed to help make the process of qualitative data analysis easier.
She completed her PhD in January 2011 in the area of microfinance and social & financial exclusion.
Anuja blogs about research methods and information sharing as Anuja Cabraal, A Research Enthusiast.
Life as a casual can be very empowering, and it all comes down to attitude.
There is so much negative talk about being a casual in a university environment, especially from people undertaking, completing, or having just graduated with their PhD.
While I can understand it, and do recognise the challenges (I moaned about it myself, initially), I also made the most of it and have found a lot of freedom and excitement in the work I have been doing.
There is always the important issue of financial security, but I believe that if you put that aside and focus on the positives of being a casual (and, yes, they do exist), you can be in a position where finance issues resolve themselves.
The main thing to remember as a casual is that you have choice and opportunity, and these can be very valuable.