University of Virginia, Jansen Foster – Research Associate, Higher Education
What’s been your most memorable experience with Hanover, to date?
My most memorable experience at Hanover is the opportunity I’ve had to collaborate with my personal manager on a methodology guide to accompany a new project type that was recently released to the team. I had done several of these kinds of projects while the data tools and methodology were still in the beta phases, which allowed me to provide feedback from the researcher perspective as the project underwent revisions before team-wide release. From this work, I proposed to my manager that in addition to the materials that already been developed, I thought a detailed classification guide would be a helpful resource to add to our arsenal. From there, I was given time in my schedule to flesh out my idea and collaborate with her on the execution of this guide for the rest of the team. This experience stands out to me because it shows Hanover’s commitment to in-house innovation, and it was exciting for me to bring my own ideas to a methodology that I had spent so much time on as a new researcher.
What skills can new Hanoverians expect to learn?
As a generalist researcher, I have significantly broadened my skill set in the year that I’ve been here on the higher education team. Speaking to that perspective, the primary skills new Hanoverian researchers will learn are efficiency, self-reliance, and analytic depth. Because project timelines are only a few days, you will become highly effective at self-paced time management, and learn where to prioritize your efforts in gathering information and how to recognize when it is time to move from one phase to the next. On a related note, you will also become much more confident in making key research decisions without guidance, as our research directors are often juggling multiple projects and responsibilities, leaving it to us to discern sticking points on our own. Finally, researchers will learn how to find supplemental information that supports trends in the data but goes beyond the numbers to tell clients a story about the field in which they’re involved.
Why did you choose Hanover, and why should others work here?
I chose Hanover because their education practices spoke to the experience I had built in college. I wanted to strengthen my skill-set as a researcher after working in a psychology lab as an undergraduate, studying the intersection of healthy adolescent development and educational outcomes. However, in addition to high-caliber research work, one of the best things about working at Hanover is becoming part of a team of incredibly smart and kind people. Although our work is fast-paced, people always manage to find the time to coach you through a problem, creating a collaborative and stimulating workplace.
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