Should I become a Medical Writer?

Eleanor Steele is the MedComms Mentor and provides specialist training and mentoring for medical writers of all career stages.

Are you contemplating a career as a Medical Writer but aren’t quite sure if it’s right for you? Consider these MedComms Microtips to help you figure it out!

Download a PDF summary of all the Microtips to help you decide if you should be a Medical Writer here.

Recorded 17 April 2023, by the MedComms Mentor and is included here with their permission.

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12 Tips To Start Your Life Science Career

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Starting out your career in MedComms with little/ no prior industry experience can be daunting as you can never fully be sure of what to expect. The absence of experience in what employers want and need from their employees can make applicants feel unqualified or lacking when applying. However, this is where the benefit of life science recruiters comes in, as they already have insights what of the employer is looking for from you.

Recruiters are able to provide you with a breakdowns of what the employer is asking for in simpler terms, which you can then use to your benefit in the application and interview process

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Preparing for a Face to Face Interview

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So, imagine you’ve just gained your degree and have been avidly applying to MedComms roles, whether that be for an editorial position or account executive.

Now a potential employer has liked what they have seen so far with your job application and would now like to meet you for a face to face interview! This is now the perfect opportunity for you to convince those that work at the company that you are the best MedComms candidate for the position.

So how can you put yourself in the best place for consideration within one of these roles? Let us give you some helpful advice and guidance on preparing for the interview that could kickstart your career.

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Constructing a stand-out CV

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You might expect job applicants with life sciences degrees or similar to be among the best at producing a standout CV among other professional specialities. However, how you present your skills is not always straightforward, and creating a strong Associate Medical Writer, or Account Executive CV requires a certain level of dedication.

This post will discuss how to write a stand-out MedComms CV

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What’s this all about?

We’re here to help you learn about careers in MedComms and then, if you decide it’s of interest, to help you get your first job! Good luck.

Sign up to our FirstMedCommsJob Elert for regular updates for news of careers events, internships, open days and other relevant information.

We’re grateful for contributions from many members of the MedComms Networking community and specifically the following Sponsors of this FirstMedCommsJob service: AMICULUM, Bioscript, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Health, Helios Global Group, Inizio Medical, IPG Health Medical Communications and Oxford PharmaGenesis.

Meet the Account Managers

In this webinar we provide the opportunity to hear from panellists about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, their day-to-day working life, training opportunities and career prospects. Our panelists are Ben Church (Oxford PharmaGenesis), Robert Hayden (Lucid Group), Tilley Jewell (CMC Affinity, IPG Health Medical) and Meghann Owens (Helios Global Group). And we answer questions from the audience.

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 09 March 2023 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Meet the Medical Writers

In this webinar we provide the opportunity to hear from panellists about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, their day-to-day working life, training opportunities and career prospects. Our panelists are Luke Edmonds (Ashfield MedComms), Lulu Hill (Fishawack Health) and Ellie Punchard (AMICULUM). And we answer questions from the audience.

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 09 March 2023 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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5 ways to make your medical writing test stand out

Eleanor Steele is the MedComms Mentor and provides specialist training and mentoring for medical writers of all career stages.

Medical writing tests don’t need to feel like an overwhelming challenge! Follow these simple MedComms Microtips to make your test stand out for all the right reasons.

Download a PDF summary of all the microtips to make your medical writing test stand out here

Recorded 06 March 2023, by the MedComms Mentor and is included here with their permission.

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Where do Bioscript Pioneers come from? What can we learn about entry criteria for a MedComms career?

The key criteria that help a candidate start a career in MedComms can be the subject for lively discussion. In practice, employers vary widely in exactly what they look for, but lessons can be learnt from closer examination of what happens in practice at any one company. This session will dissect the data from the latest round of recruitment for the entry-level programme at Bioscript Group, Pioneer. We will cover each component of the recruitment process and the numbers behind it. We look at whether the numbers support the notion that a higher-level degree is likely to give you a better chance of success. We also look at whether or not the university you attended has an impact on a successful application. Lesley Jacques and Deborah Stanford, leaders of the Pioneer programme at Bioscript Group share their thoughts and insights around the numbers and reflect on how they reflect recruitment across the wider MedComms community. They are joined on the panel by their colleagues, Jess Buxton (Scientific Associate and a Bioscript Pioneer) and Pete Griffiths (HR and Talent Acquisition Specialist). And we answer questions from the audience.

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 06 March 2023 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Working with Healthcare Consultancy Group (HCG)

In this interactive webinar, we are joined by Piers French, Ruthline Laylor, David Proudfoot and Ailsa Stewart from Healthcare Consultancy Group (HCG)’s scientific, digital, and client services, who will talk about HCG’s power to bring transformational communications to transformational therapies. A global leader in medical communications, HCG has over 1,000 employees across 8 agencies: Chameleon, Synergy, Health Science Communications, ProEd Communications, The Scienomics Group, ProEd Regulatory, Lumen Value & Access, and The Engagement Group. You’ll learn about their comprehensive services spanning commercial, medical affairs, publications, value & access, and regulatory, how they empower their teams with innovation, and how HCG is an incubator for the relentless curiosity. You’ll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, the HCG employee journey – an industry-leading career development program, unique training provided and what are the career prospects across the group. At HCG, everyone belongs. And we answer questions from the audience.

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 26 January 2023 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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