Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
Online consultations that provide academic assistance and support to postgraduate students. Since supervisors cannot always provide personal attention and orientation, Guided Postgrad steps in to offer expert advice to improve research studies. Expert advice includes figuring out solutions, amending writing mistakes, narrowing research objectives and suggestions to improve one's work. The learning platform currently operates in the English; however, I hope develop a system where students can get assistance in their native language, making it easier to understand and communicate effectively. In my academic journey, I have been very fortunate to obtain academic assistance, hence I complied all the lessons and knowledge I attained through various years. I now share this with emerging postgraduate students struggling to get work done or who work alone. The objective to help any postgraduate student in need, share knowledge, build confidence, complete their study on time, and develop a body of researchers amongst the youth. Guided Postgrad provides online consultations, review of literature and templates that students can apply in order to structure their writing and discussions better.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Develop a community of researchers (young or old). Assist students to further their studies successfully. Improve critical writing skills in people. Promote knowledge and competence in any working area. Provide academic support and orientation. Grow the number of subscribers globally on the learning platform.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
With my working experience as well as educational background, I provide guidance and support to various students. I hope to grow this kind of platform by establishing a system where other postgraduate students join the learning platform to offer their knowledge and expertise when completing a study; these advisors will include masters and PhD students who will help other emerging postgraduate students to complete their studies successfully. The students interested in getting academic support pay a fee which will ultimately pay those who are mentoring/advising. Not only will Guided Postgrad assist emerging researchers, but also create jobs for graduate students who have completed their study but struggle to find jobs. The learning platform was purposefully designed to operate online so that the services can be provided in the comfort of time/home to anyone across the world.
I am 31 years of age. I completed my PhD study in Education (the first in my family). My life has always centered around teaching people around me - from giving my mother English lessons, to teaching Sunday school. So when I furthered my studies, I still assisted friends and fellow peers to conduct research studies effectively. I decided to turn this into a business after noticing job opportunities were limited and I needed to earn a source of income. I realized how many other masters/PhD students faced the same struggle (through verbal account); the struggle to earn an income or complete a research study successfully. Guided Postgrad officially launched in February 2022 and is close to having 400 followers on Instagram. My desire would be to grow this number even more by expanding our language option, as well as informing people who we are, what we do, and motivating unemployed graduates to join the learning platform.