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Reflecting on the Nucleus Global Academy

Picture1Manoshi Nath has recently been through the Nucleus Global Academy, and is now working as an Associate Medical Writer at Articulate Science.

Since finishing my MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, I had been searching for an opportunity that would take me away from the lab while still letting me apply my scientific background. I had heard the term ‘medcomms’ being mentioned in conversations when talking to my peers about plans after university. Although it sounded like something I would genuinely enjoy doing, after a few unsuccessful applications I ended up settling for a research analyst’s job. However, 9 months later I have moved away from my previous role, ready to jump head first into the exciting entry-level Academy Scheme at Nucleus Global. I still can’t quite believe it, and I couldn’t be happier to be the first intake on this new initiative!

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Upcoming events

Relevant upcoming careers events:

SORRY BUT FULLY BOOKED! 13 December 2018: A trial virtual workshop for aspiring medical writers, organised by FirstMedCommsJob [see more details and watch the introductory video here]

10 January 2019: Introduction to MedComms, organised by FirstMedCommsJob, taking place at the Medical Sciences Teaching Sciences Centre (MSTC), South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PL [see programme and registration details here]

13 February 2019: Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect, organised by FirstMedCommsJob, taking place at The Windsor Centre, 15-29 Windsor Street, London, N1 8QG [see programme and registration details here]

First steps in applying for an entry level job in MedComms

In this webinar, Julia Walton of specialist recruitment company, Media Contacts, provides some practical tips about researching the market and about preparing your CV, and answers a wide range of questions from the audience about applying for entry-level jobs in MedComms. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 14 November 2018 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Allegro: A new writer’s views on an innovative approach to training by Alexander Bowen

Screen Shot 2018-10-26 at 18.27.14From my first contact with Ashfield Healthcare Communications, the company has taken every opportunity to impress and to stand out from crowd. After two weeks on their Allegro programme, I am happy to see that this attitude still continues and I am delighted to be starting a new career in medical writing with the right company. As such, I am compelled to write about my time so far and encourage any aspiring medical writers to join the Allegro programme and to apply as soon as possible!

When I began applying for medical writing jobs I was surprised by the behaviour that I encountered with some healthcare communications agencies: messages were lost, replies came very late and I was chasing people for a clear response. In short, the companies were not very good at communication! Fortunately, this was not the case with Ashfield. From the beginning, the recruitment team and Allegro staff have had a responsive, attentive and diligent approach to correspondence, providing clear, helpful and comprehensive communication. I find it encouraging to see the company demonstrating good values through the actions of its staff right from the start. I found Ashfield’s digital presence the most impressive, with the LifeAtAHC website providing an insight to the working culture, and was amazed that several detailed articles already existed for Allegro, a programme that only started earlier this year.

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All about the Allegro training programme from Ashfield Healthcare Communications

In this webinar, Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Ashfield Healthcare Communications, talks us through their Allegro training programme for Associate Medical Writers, and the recruitment process, and then answers questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and specifically for those of you who are looking for entry-level opportunities in medical writing.

Recorded 20 September 2018 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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