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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Working at inScience Communications

In this webinar, we hear from Andrew Thomson, Michelle Turner, Samantha Blakemore and Ella Palmer of inScience Communications (part of Springer Nature) talk about their company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. They explain their approach to recruitment and 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 17 January 2019 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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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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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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