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A day in the life of a Researcher in the United Kingdom
Visiting Research Assistant in Psychiatry at University of Cambridge
What I do
I was basically a research assistant, but with more flexible hours. I was part of a research group in the Department of Psychiatry, working on different projects, including an fMRI dataset of Parkinson's Disease patients with or without psychosis, an fMRI study with people with depression, and a PET study looking at the contribution of psychosocial stress to psychosis.
Skills I use and how I developed them
I used a lot of what I'd learned during my degrees, but this time it was in the 'real' academic world, with proper studies which were properly analysed and written up to be published in peer-reviewed journals. So it was everything from time management, prioritising and communication skills, especially in delicate situations, to statistics and writing.
My advice to students considering work
If you're struggling to find fully paid positions and can afford working for free for a bit, it's absolutely worth it.
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