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The Promotion - a situation when it was important for you to work with someone you didn't know.

ReginaOtu 3 / 6  
Jan 27, 2020   #1

Describe a situation when it was important for you to work with someone you didn't know.

Describe how you built a good working relationship in a school or work setting.

During my ultimate year in the University, as the manner is, I was to be assigned to a research supervisor amongst lecturers in my department; however, this was not the case as I was assigned to a research supervisor whom I never knew from another department but similar to mine due to shortage of lecturers in my department. This was a big challenge to me as my supervisor had little knowledge in my field of study and it was important for me to work with her as my research project was a requirement for the award of a Bachelors degree.

Having known that my research supervisor was from a different field of study, I had to source for online materials relating to my research work so she can be familiar with. I also worked together with other students that were assigned to her by asking them to also source out for available materials while I worked closely with the research supervisor. I was there to suggest possible ways so as to make the research work easier for both of us and for my team members as well. During this period, she was appraised by the university authorities for promotion, I volunteered in typing and binding all her publications together for submission. She developed trust in me such that I sometimes work in her office all alone while she was away. I enjoyed working with her as she was concerned about my challenges and welfare and always ready to support me.

I was the first to complete my research project including bench work. I was declared by the head of department as the best student in research project and presentation and the final outcome included an "A". My time with my research supervisor also resulted in her promotion from a senior lecturer to an associate professor that same year. As a result of this, my research supervisor assigned me to be her personal research assistant after my graduation as I now work closely with her in publishing research articles and guiding her research students due to her health condition.

Biochemcos 1 / 3 1  
Jan 27, 2020   #2

Good essay, and straight to the point too i would say. The basic requirements of the essay are:
1. a situation (with high priority)
2. your ability to create , and maintain a good professional relationship
3. tangible results
In my opinion, you did justice.
Holt [Contributor] - / 7,892 2170  
Jan 28, 2020   #3
Don't make it appear like you were assigned to a professor who was an idiot when it came to your research. That is what comes across in this essay. You imply that the person assigned to you was useless and could not do anything to help you and instead, you had to educate the person. This will not be an acceptable stance to the reviewer. Instead, present the true situation based on the following:

1. The results of your initial meeting with the adviser;
2. Situations when you had to meet the adviser halfway due to disagreements;
3. The end result of the relationship you had with the adviser in relation to your graduation needs.

The portions about how your "help" resulted in the promotion of the professor is not relevant to the presentation. Focus on the relationship building between the two of you. Do not make yourself out to be the hero of the story. This is an equal billing essay. Your ability to work with your superior and how you accomplished that is the focus of the presentation. Not your heroism and ability to be patient with an adviser not familiar with your course.
OP ReginaOtu 3 / 6  
Jan 28, 2020   #4
Thanks so much for the contribution. I will make the adjustments.

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