The growing edge is an area for improvement which has a potential for growth, learning, and development. It begins with the student knowing what he or she is comfortable (Dixon, 2011) then the student proceeds to the other side of what is unfamiliar and unknown and can be improved. For example, in my dissertation topics, there are areas that need improvement. I listed several research topics in my Doctor of Computer Science (DCS) program application. As a doctoral student in Doctor of Computer Science (DCS) now, I combine the DCS Program, personal Interest and a concentration in Big Data Analytics.
Few scholarships address challenges in Big Data in the modern society of Big Data. This forms my growth edge. In my opinion; Big Data has the potential to provide vital information on creation of new applications that can benefit humanity. I want to place more focus on the use of Big Data for the prediction of human behavior so as to gain a competitive advantage in government policy and business (Webb, 2014). There is also a need to place more emphasis on having wider discussions on the application of Big Data in research and to the community as a whole. The continuous support from the doctoral colleagues, administrator, and staff, doctoral faculty and professors will help me in determining my growth edge. It will involve defining the growth edge in relation to the practice research through the determination of three goals. The three goals are my growing edge and they are the completion of the DCS program in Big Data Analytics, be able to practice the research in industries and academic world and take a PhD study as well as teach in colleges.
Through the combination of the three elements, I will understand the dissertation process and be able to complete the program in three years. With the help of the doctoral support team, I can get a better understanding of the doctoral research process. I will also be able to adhere with the requirements of the IRB and work together with my conceptual literature mentor (Dixon, 2011). At the end of these three years, I may be able to take a job as a Research and Development researcher in a state department or in a university. I can also write books and articles in this field. I am also in a position to join Publishing Clubs.
Having learned and gained a lot of experience, I can advance my studies after this program. By continuing my study, I become more open to many opportunities in jobs, collaboration with colleagues and even writing. I can also become a professor and share my knowledge and experience with students through teaching.
In summary, based on what I already know and I am comfortable with, this discussion helps me determine my growth edge in the long dissertation journey. The three goals set the direction towards the growing edge.
DePorres, D. (2014, October). The Dissertation Process. Presentation presented at the Doctoral Symposium of Colorado Technical University, Englewood, CO.
Dixon, A. (2011). Your growing edge. Retrieved from http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/11025/self_improvement_and_motivation/your_growing_edge.html
Vogel, M. (2014, October). Doctor of Computer Science Overview. Presentation presented at the Doctoral Symposium of Colorado Technical University, Englewood, CO.
Webb, J (2014, October). Big Data Analytics. Presentation presented at the Doctoral Symposium of Colorado Technical University, Englewood, CO.