I recently graduated from my undergraduate studies in May. As soon as I graduated, I began a job as a research assistant at my university. This was mainly to continue projects that I had yet to finish and to gain experience that will help me apply to graduate school. I accepted this job to continue working in a group I had worked in for most of my undergraduate career.
I am aware that undergraduate students are not held to high standards in a research setting. I am also aware that graduate students are mostly expected to operate independently with check-ins at regular frequency (I hear weekly is normal?). However, I am not sure what is appropriate for a post bachelor research assistant. I have a feeling that I should be operating much more independently than I am.
The problem is that my advisor often tells me what to do, but I don't feel I have been exposed to "how" to do things. Thus, my question is two-fold:
- What is the appropriate level of independence for my position?
- How can I achieve this level of independence on my own?