Research Technician (Female, Age 23) in Riverside, CT

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleResearch Technician
Salary$23,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week30
Company Size(not answered)
LocationRiverside, CT
Years Experience13 months

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
University Hospital

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Schedule patients, conduct clinical studies, general scientific research, write manuscripts

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Health/Disability/Life insurance

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
undercompensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes. I do like working with others, makes the work day less boring.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 5
Hours: 3
Co-Workers: 6
Supervisors: 7
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 4
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
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8am to 9ampersonal time
9am to 10amListened to voice messages. Returned phone call to patient who wanted to schedule a test and doctor seeking test results. Located and then faxed test results.
10am to 11amChecked work email. Responded to emails regarding manuscript in works. Spoke with supervisor about current study, what needs to be done, etc.
11am to 12pmDid some data analysis of data from current study. Inputting #’s and running statistics.
12pm to 1pmPersonal time.
1pm to 2pmPatient in the laboratory, had him sign informed consent, fill out paperwork, did testing.
2pm to 3pmAnalyzed data from patient. Went over data with supervisor.
3pm to 4pmAssisted doctor with finding out detailed technical information about one of our pieces of equipment.
4pm to 5pmLeave at 4pm, personal time.
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10pm to 11pmpersonal time
11pm to 12ampersonal time

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Referral

What was the application process?
Submitted resume

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes. One interview with supervisor and employee who was leaving the position.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
General questions about my education and research background.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, did a week’s worth of on-the-job training.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes. Entailed person with position prior to me walking through the equipment in the lab, the current research studies, important contacts, etc.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. Studied sciences in undergraduate career. Did own independent clinical research as part of senior thesis.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Do undergraduate research in the sciences. Do a BS in one of the hard sciences.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Ability to synthesize information. Data analysis skills. Empathy/people skills. Writing ability.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Read everything you can get your hands on. If possible, get person with your prior position to fully explain the status of the research projects.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes. Plan to go to medical school.

What are your current career goals?
Medical Doctor

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
No

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Physical Therapy Aide6mos15Assisted physical therapists with patients in the clinic.
Prior Job 2Research Assistant3yrs$10/hrResearch Assistant for lab during undergraduate career. Assisted with conducting the research projects out of the lab.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:4.3

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.4Duke UniversityPsychology, BS
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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