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RESEARCH ASSISTANT, IN-DEPTH: My Research Is Helping People

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Quai is a Research Assistant working for the Veterans Affairs (VA). As a veteran herself, she loves helping veterans and feels like all her work, including the mundane data entry work, is ultimately helping veterans get the proper treatment and back on their feet.

School: United States Military Academy
Degree: Psychology
Job Title: Research Assistant
Employer: Veterans Affairs

Job Summary: Social Science Research Assistants

Job Description

Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.

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No on-the-job-training needed

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$0 - $35,000
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Not applicable
Typical schedule
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Part-time, Flexible, Varies Widely
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Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='210'>What</span> <span m='410'>I</span> <span m='490'>really</span> <span m='790'>like,</span> <span m='1150'>I</span> <span m='1270'>really</span> <span m='1510'>like</span> <span m='1700'>working</span> <span m='1990'>with</span> <span m='2160'>Veterans.</span> <span m='3370'>And</span> <span m='4400'>I</span> <span m='4630'>really</span> <span m='4900'>like</span> <span m='5440'>that</span> <span m='5690'>the</span> <span m='5790'>research</span> <span m='6370'>that</span> <span m='6530'>we</span> <span m='6650'>do</span> <span m='7500'>is</span> <span m='7750'>applicable</span> <span m='9140'>to</span> <span m='9500'>Veterans</span> <span m='10030'>health,</span> <span m='10570'>and</span> <span m='10810'>I</span> <span m='11020'>feel</span> <span m='11260'>like</span> <span m='11410'>I'm</span> <span m='11520'>actually</span> <span m='11900'>helping</span> <span m='12470'>people.</span> <span m='13080'>So</span> <span m='13270'>that's</span> <span m='13510'>what</span> <span m='13640'>I</span> <span m='13750'>like.</span> <span m='14110'>That's</span> <span m='14280'>the</span> <span m='14360'>part</span> <span m='14530'>of</span> <span m='14590'>my</span> <span m='14690'>job</span> <span m='14920'>that</span> <span m='15010'>I</span> <span m='15060'>like.</span> <span m='15430'>When</span> <span m='15850'>I</span> <span m='16250'>get</span> <span m='16430'>direct</span> <span m='16780'>patient</span> <span m='17140'>contact,</span> <span m='18220'>or</span> <span m='19190'>I</span> <span m='19290'>feel</span> <span m='19540'>like</span> <span m='19700'>some</span> <span m='19890'>of</span> <span m='19950'>the</span> <span m='20010'>research</span> <span m='20330'>I'm</span> <span m='20440'>doing</span> <span m='20680'>is</span> <span m='20790'>actually</span> <span m='21060'>helping</span> <span m='21486'>people.</span> </p><p><span m='22340'>And</span> <span m='22520'>then</span> <span m='22720'>something</span> <span m='23260'>that</span> <span m='23440'>I</span> <span m='23650'>don't</span> <span m='23920'>like</span> <span m='24110'>about</span> <span m='24310'>my</span> <span m='24450'>job.</span> <span m='25730'>A</span> <span m='25860'>lot</span> <span m='26240'>of</span> <span m='26410'>research.</span> <span m='27020'>It's</span> <span m='27160'>very</span> <span m='27540'>data-driven,</span> <span m='28430'>it</span> <span m='28590'>can</span> <span m='28820'>be</span> <span m='28960'>dry</span> <span m='29440'>at</span> <span m='29560'>times.</span> <span m='30820'>I</span> <span m='31150'>can</span> <span m='31390'>be</span> <span m='32229'>filling</span> <span m='32590'>out</span> <span m='32850'>a</span> <span m='33580'>spreadsheet</span> <span m='34400'>on</span> <span m='34560'>Excel,</span> <span m='35430'>putting</span> <span m='35630'>in</span> <span m='35830'>zeros</span> <span m='36250'>and</span> <span m='36400'>ones</span> <span m='36830'>all</span> <span m='37180'>day</span> <span m='37420'>long.</span> <span m='38340'>And</span> <span m='38520'>that</span> <span m='38920'>part</span> <span m='39240'>can</span> <span m='39390'>be</span> <span m='39510'>a</span> <span m='39580'>little</span> <span m='39770'>boring,</span> <span m='40720'>but</span> <span m='41530'>then</span> <span m='41860'>knowing</span> <span m='42190'>what</span> <span m='42370'>can</span> <span m='42520'>come</span> <span m='42770'>out</span> <span m='42970'>of</span> <span m='43070'>that?</span> <span m='43440'>Is</span> <span m='44380'>the</span> <span m='44490'>good</span> <span m='44820'>part.</span> </p><p><span m='45740'>Well,</span> <span m='46040'>I</span> <span m='46120'>decided</span> <span m='46500'>to</span> <span m='46610'>move</span> <span m='46900'>to</span> <span m='47000'>the</span> <span m='47110'>Bay</span> <span m='47430'>Area</span> <span m='47960'>for</span> <span m='48190'>this</span> <span m='48400'>job</span> <span m='48980'>that</span> <span m='49120'>I</span> <span m='49690'>have</span> <span m='49910'>right</span> <span m='50110'>now.</span> <span m='50570'>I've</span> <span m='50820'>only</span> <span m='51000'>been</span> <span m='51170'>working</span> <span m='51480'>here</span> <span m='51650'>for</span> <span m='51770'>three</span> <span m='51980'>months.</span> <span m='53580'>And</span> <span m='53690'>that</span> <span m='53830'>was</span> <span m='53970'>a</span> <span m='54030'>very</span> <span m='55270'>big</span> <span m='55580'>decision,</span> <span m='56140'>because</span> <span m='57150'>I'm</span> <span m='57350'>not</span> <span m='57750'>from</span> <span m='57970'>this</span> <span m='58140'>area</span> <span m='58440'>at</span> <span m='58660'>all.</span> <span m='59310'>I'm</span> <span m='59520'>from</span> <span m='59710'>Virginia</span> <span m='60120'>Beach,</span> <span m='60830'>so</span> <span m='61160'>moving</span> <span m='61530'>to</span> <span m='61650'>California</span> <span m='62550'>was</span> <span m='62780'>kind</span> <span m='63030'>of</span> <span m='63130'>a</span> <span m='63880'>crazy</span> <span m='64239'>thing,</span> <span m='64450'>you</span> <span m='64530'>know,</span> <span m='64640'>I</span> <span m='64690'>don't</span> <span m='64890'>know</span> <span m='65019'>anybody</span> <span m='65420'>here.</span> <span m='66110'>But</span> <span m='66260'>I</span> <span m='66350'>think</span> <span m='66610'>it</span> <span m='66700'>was</span> <span m='66850'>a</span> <span m='66900'>good</span> <span m='67130'>decision</span> <span m='67760'>and</span> <span m='68910'>I</span> <span m='69040'>think</span> <span m='69260'>that</span> <span m='69390'>it</span> <span m='69700'>really</span> <span m='70220'>helped</span> <span m='70450'>my</span> <span m='70580'>career,</span> <span m='71210'>and</span> <span m='71400'>I'm</span> <span m='71520'>glad</span> <span m='71760'>I</span> <span m='71810'>did</span> <span m='71980'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='72620'>Well,</span> <span m='73000'>it's</span> <span m='73250'>actually</span> <span m='73750'>pretty</span> <span m='73930'>competitive.</span> <span m='75400'>I'm</span> <span m='75610'>not</span> <span m='75820'>sure</span> <span m='76470'>about,</span> <span m='77630'>you</span> <span m='77760'>know,</span> <span m='77920'>how</span> <span m='78120'>it'll</span> <span m='78230'>be</span> <span m='78370'>in</span> <span m='78460'>a</span> <span m='78500'>few</span> <span m='78850'>years,</span> <span m='79280'>but</span> <span m='79780'>the</span> <span m='79860'>job</span> <span m='80250'>market</span> <span m='80810'>is</span> <span m='81020'>not</span> <span m='81570'>the</span> <span m='81640'>best.</span> <span m='82150'>At</span> <span m='82250'>least</span> <span m='82560'>it</span> <span m='82700'>wasn't</span> <span m='83100'>for</span> <span m='83250'>me.</span> <span m='84470'>I</span> <span m='84570'>think</span> <span m='84790'>I</span> <span m='84830'>have</span> <span m='85030'>a</span> <span m='85200'>pretty</span> <span m='85440'>strong</span> <span m='87430'>set</span> <span m='87690'>of</span> <span m='87760'>credentials,</span> <span m='88520'>but</span> <span m='88720'>it</span> <span m='88820'>wasn't</span> <span m='89120'>that</span> <span m='89310'>easy</span> <span m='89610'>for</span> <span m='89780'>me</span> <span m='89910'>to</span> <span m='89990'>get</span> <span m='90190'>a</span> <span m='90250'>job.</span> <span m='94210'>But</span> <span m='94370'>I</span> <span m='94510'>also</span> <span m='94810'>was</span> <span m='94970'>coming</span> <span m='95280'>out</span> <span m='95400'>of</span> <span m='95460'>the</span> <span m='95520'>military,</span> <span m='96070'>and</span> <span m='96160'>that's</span> <span m='96330'>a</span> <span m='96390'>weird</span> <span m='96720'>thing,</span> <span m='96970'>too.</span> <span m='98480'>But,</span> <span m='98740'>no,</span> <span m='99020'>it's</span> <span m='99200'>not</span> <span m='100160'>easy,</span> <span m='100640'>but</span> <span m='100840'>it</span> <span m='100960'>is</span> <span m='101220'>doable.</span> <span m='101980'>And</span> <span m='102900'>with</span> <span m='103140'>a</span> <span m='103210'>lot</span> <span m='103460'>of</span> <span m='104210'>hard</span> <span m='104570'>work</span> <span m='105070'>and</span> <span m='106930'>learning</span> <span m='107210'>how</span> <span m='107320'>to</span> <span m='107400'>market</span> <span m='107840'>yourself,</span> <span m='108670'>you</span> <span m='108780'>know,</span> <span m='109110'>it</span> <span m='109300'>is</span> <span m='109660'>possible.</span> </p><p><span m='110740'>I</span> <span m='110850'>think</span> <span m='111130'>it's</span> <span m='111310'>pretty</span> <span m='111620'>solid.</span> <span m='115180'>You</span> <span m='115280'>know,</span> <span m='115390'>I</span> <span m='115520'>work</span> <span m='116140'>during</span> <span m='116400'>the</span> <span m='116480'>work</span> <span m='116810'>week,</span> <span m='117100'>but</span> <span m='117270'>on</span> <span m='117440'>the</span> <span m='117510'>weekends,</span> <span m='118320'>I</span> <span m='118390'>live</span> <span m='118610'>in</span> <span m='118670'>the</span> <span m='118740'>Bay</span> <span m='119040'>Area</span> <span m='119430'>and</span> <span m='119580'>there's</span> <span m='119750'>a</span> <span m='119800'>lot</span> <span m='120040'>to</span> <span m='120160'>do</span> <span m='120550'>here.</span> <span m='121110'>I</span> <span m='121380'>go</span> <span m='121660'>out,</span> <span m='122490'>like,</span> <span m='122690'>every</span> <span m='123040'>weekend,</span> <span m='123630'>we</span> <span m='123750'>go</span> <span m='123940'>do</span> <span m='124060'>something</span> <span m='124480'>fun.</span> <span m='125200'>I'm</span> <span m='125350'>always</span> <span m='125680'>doing</span> <span m='125940'>things.</span> <span m='126230'>I</span> <span m='126340'>think</span> <span m='126550'>my</span> <span m='126660'>work-life</span> <span m='127160'>balance</span> <span m='127530'>is</span> <span m='127770'>pretty</span> <span m='127980'>good.</span> <span m='128820'>And</span> <span m='130259'>just</span> <span m='130539'>in</span> <span m='130669'>the</span> <span m='130740'>department</span> <span m='131200'>I</span> <span m='131300'>work</span> <span m='131580'>with,</span> <span m='131860'>I</span> <span m='132040'>know</span> <span m='132260'>that</span> <span m='132960'>my</span> <span m='133490'>supervisors</span> <span m='134260'>are</span> <span m='134370'>very</span> <span m='134660'>supportive</span> <span m='135310'>of</span> <span m='135600'>having</span> <span m='135930'>a</span> <span m='136010'>good</span> <span m='136440'>work-life</span> <span m='136950'>balance.</span> 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