So, you want to work in account management?

The 2nd Edition of the annual careers guide, ‘The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management‘ has just been published and in this webinar the author, Lindsey Heer, offers advice on how to prepare for that first account management job in MedComms, and what to expect. 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 24 January 2019 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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I work in MedCommms…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management (published January 2019)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

I work in MedComms as a VP of client services leading one of our agencies. This role has given me the opportunity to work closely with an extensive range of gifted people – global healthcare professionals, patient groups, a broad range of clients in different therapy areas, and talented in-house individuals from inside our agency and across our wider business – which makes me feel very privileged. All of us working together at the forefront of medical advances make a real difference to patient lives. Agency life is fun, fast-paced, interesting and dynamic. No day is ever the same, every day brings us new challenges to find solutions for and there is always something exciting just around the corner. I started my career with Ashfield over 13 years ago in the sales side of our business as a trainee and have never looked back. Throughout this time I have been given many opportunities, undertaking a wide variety of commercial roles across the UK and in the USA, which have strengthened and grown my skill set, continually progressing my career, and for which I am extremely grateful.

Anna Bayley, VP Client Services at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

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Careers guide – account management

screen shot 2019-01-20 at 16.34.43The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management

By Lindsey Heer, 2nd edition published January 2019

As we explain in this guide, the terminology, job titles and specific roles of account managers or project managers in MedComms agencies can vary, but effective account management is always critical. This new guide helps explain how that happens in practice and provides you with an understanding of both the challenges and the rewards that come from a career in MedComms. We believe reading this guide will give you the edge to getting that first job.

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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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Careers guide – HEOR and market access medical writing

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Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing

By Linda Harrison, 1st edition published June 2018 [Download your copy

This new guide focuses on medical writing roles in the HEOR/market access arenas, but will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the business of ensuring access to new medicines and devices for patients. If you have an interest in the commercial aspects of healthcare delivery and in helping deliver value to patients, a passion for writing and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, then working in HEOR/market access might be for you. This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this specialist area.

This issue includes seven personal profiles written by current specialists in leading HEOR/market access companies, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts.

The first edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2018, and it will now be updated every year.

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