IFF’s graduate training programme is designed to get you up and running as a researcher as soon as possible.
The programme begins with the ‘Dummy Project’ training course which lasts around 3-4 months including 11 face-to-face sessions. This gives you an in-depth look at every stage of the research process: from understanding the research purpose and using the right questions, to analysing the data and reporting your findings.
The programme also involves individual tasks and activities that are planned into your working day, so you can practice on your own before coming back together as a group to discuss and share experiences. Our training is closely aligned to the Market Research Society’s Learning Pathway.
All training is run in small groups by a very friendly bunch of IFFers, and there is an emphasis on just ‘having a go’.
Once the Dummy Project training course is finished, we run a series of more in-depth training sessions and workshops on certain key elements of a research project. E.g. communicating with clients, designing questionnaires, analysing data, in-depth interviewing techniques and qualitative analysis.
Graduates are invited to get practice presenting as part of ‘junior presenting club’ – fun lunchtime sessions that provide a space to play with different techniques in a safe environment!
The initial training takes up to 2-3 days of your time each week, leaving time to work on real research projects from day 1.
We are really proud of the graduate training that we have developed, and we hope you find it as enjoyable as it is useful!