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Julia Walton, Director at healthcare communications recruiter, Media Contacts, provides tips on finding and applying for that elusive first job in medical communications.
Recorded 2 August 2017 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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Amy Holloway has recently started as a Trainee Medical Writer at Caudex…
After I completed my PhD in Medical Sciences, I knew that I didn’t belong in a lab – I was one of those people that enjoyed collating all my research in writing my thesis than actually doing lab work. So when I finished, I looked for job that would allow me to use my scientific knowledge and to keep up-to-date with scientific developments. Working as an editor for a science journal ticked these boxes for a time, but eventually I wanted something with more variety, greater opportunity for progression and faster pace. Medical writing was something I’d heard about at various career events as I was completing my PhD, so I started looking into opportunities. After successful completion of a writing test and an interview (accompanied by an on-site test), I excitedly (and with a healthy dose of trepidation!) accepted a trainee medical writer positon with Caudex.
Kieran Milward has recently started out as an Account Co-Ordinator at Caudex…
Starting a new job can be a nerve jangling experience, especially if you are heading into a new field, like I was. Coming in from a journalistic and more media based client service background, I had little to no knowledge of how the MedComms world turned, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Would I be expected to know any science? (Looking back at my C in GCSE with particular trepidation!) Would I be diving straight in to client facing situations?
As it turns out, I had no reason to be fretful at all and I was staggered by the amount of detail and planning that goes into inducting new starters at Caudex. It is certainly not a level of support and learning that I had ever encountered before when starting a new job.
Simon Wigfield has recently started as a Trainee Medical Writer at Caudex…
I have been working for Caudex for a little under 2 months now. I came into MedComms after 15 years in academia. I really enjoyed research, but the lack of career structure and the squeezing of funding lead to me search for alternatives. It was after attending one of the MedComms events run in Oxford that I decided that this was the next move for me. The promise of a career structure, a reward for hard work but also still being involved with cutting edge research was the clincher for me.
Whether you’ve been in the MedComms industry for years, or are looking for your first job, interviews can be daunting. Getting the right job boils down to the potential employer being convinced that you’re passionate about them and their work, that you would be an asset and to you being sure this is the right company and job for you. The interview process has to make these things happen and, in each of the steps below, you should have that end in sight.
More and more hiring managers will check out your social media profiles before they even invite you for an interview, so it’s essential to carry out an audit before you start applying for jobs. For obvious reasons, this is especially important in the communications industry. It’s vital that you ensure a potential employer won’t see anything off-putting. It’s also critical that you prove you can use social media to good effect. The following should help you do both!