During my research, I wasn’t sure what issues I should focus on first and I was trying to explore different topics at the same time. From my experience, this is not an ideal approach and I wouldn’t recommend it. My supervisor, Dr Mathew Craven, was very helpful and helped me to restrict my focus to explore one topic at a time.
The most challenging stage of the project was writing the metaheuristic in the form of a code in R and analysing the obtained results. Dr Craven was incredibly helpful at this stage of my research in providing resources such as research papers and helped me to understand the concepts that were difficult to grasp.
Working on my dissertation and using my computer for long hours during the Coronavirus lockdown was stressful. However, I believe I had more time to work on my study, particularly my dissertation, than I would have had in normal circumstances. Working on this project has helped me in my future career, and I will begin an MSc in Economics this September.
My tip for anyone planning to do their dissertation is to start collecting as much information as you can about the problem by doing a lot of reading. Most importantly, don’t panic and make the most of your supervisor’s knowledge.