So....can I have a shiny new job?
May 7, 2012 6:58 PM Subscribe
How do I ask for a promotion?
posted by snowysoul to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a university student who worked for a professor at my university as a research assistant in my field for 3 years. I'm returning to my university after a year away studying abroad in Norway, and will be entering my last year of study, doing part time school and am hoping to work something closer to full time since I only have to complete 2 classes before I graduate.
I would be happy to go back to working as a research assistant in a student type role with the same professor (who has indicated he likely has work for me), but I recently found out from friends in the same research group that there has been a really high turnover in the researchers in the research group, and a large number of my prof's graduate students are finished this year, which means the group is likely going to be looking for new research staff. I haven't confirmed this with him yet, and have a meeting with him tomorrow.
Given this turnover and need for new researchers and the fact that I am two classes away from finishing my degree, how do I ask my supervisor if I can step up from a research assistant to more of a researcher type role? I would like to ideally transition into something more career orientated with travel (which the researchers in this group currently do a lot of), which would be an awesome opportunity for what I want to do later in my career. Essentially, I am looking at asking for a promotion from my past role to a more prominent role in the research group. However, I'm anxious about asking and am not sure how to approach this given that my supervisor hasn't stated this all himself. I'm also really bad at being assertive!! Any suggestions would be welcome!