A research assistant position is a lot like taking a university course, only the work that you do is really relevant for your employer.
These are often term or contract positions that will give you a taste of what working in research would be like, so it’s a great chance to see whether you’re cut out for that graduate degree that you’ve been considering. However, the tasks of a research assistant are not always clearly defined, so you’ve got to learn to ask questions and communicate effectively.
As in my previous post on Job skills from part-time work, here are some three types of skills that you might take away from working as a research assistant:
- Analytic skills – whether its history, biology, or even nursing research, you need to be able to collect and sort through a lot of data, break it down, and identify the most important parts…
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