Hi GT,

I’m in the process of making a career change from Product Management/Implementation in tech to a Researcher in Human Rights/Health Policy/Corporate Responsibility. It’s a big switch, but one I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.

This summer I have the time to take on some official research projects to help build up my resume for the transition. I’ll be doing one project for a friend that is Human Rights Law Professor, assisting with research for a UN symposium and a book. The other project is for another friend that is a Psychologist researching childhood trauma.

Here’s the thing, Academic Law and Psychology Research is something I haven’t done before, so I’m unsure of how the output differs from what I’ve done before in tech. For those of you are researcher or use researchers, can you share some best practices, ideas on structuring/templates, and things I should know/be aware of. If you had a perfect research assistant, what would their work look like? Any special software recommendations? How do I move from technical writing to academic without breaking my brain.

Thanks in advance!

*If it makes a difference, I’m currently doing a dual masters in Business Administration and Systems Thinking but much further along in MBA.

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