Researching and writing the Year Abroad Research Project (YARP) presents you with challenges which are of particular interest to employers. They are keen to identify prospective employees who have positive attitudes to work, show initiative, can work independently, can manage a project and can work to deadlines.

Whilst conducting your fieldwork and writing up your project, you gain valuable skills which can be commented on in your CV or job applications, such as:

  • The ability to work independently
  • Time management skills
  • Commitment
  • Initiative and originality
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Written communication

To get the most out of the YARP, it’s important to think about the type of project you would like to undertake, and which transferrable skills you will be developing as a part of that.

For your YARP you are given the choice of undertaking a linguistics based, text based or ethnographic project. More information on ethnographic projects, as well as more general advice on the Year Abroad Research Project can be found on the Ethnographic Encounters website.