Former Assistant to Professor at Chapman University
over 2 years ago
You need to be confident, humble, a quick thinker, diligent, and attentive. You need to be confident because your professor needs to be able to trust the work you are doing and not worry about if you are doing it right. Being confident allows your professor to trust you are doing your work efficiently and to the best of your ability. You will screw up at some point and working so closely with a professor makes it hard to be chastised by them. This is why being humble and able to take criticism is important. You are there to make the professor's life easier so being quick on your feet to do something extra for them, have a last minute report prepared, or diffuse stress is essential. You represent them so you need to be diligent in your work. Finally be attentive to them and find what works well between you two and what they like. Make the relationship between the two of you key.