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How do you get your foot in the door of a healthcare agency and where could it take you? by Louise Lavelle
What is a healthcare communications agency?
Healthcare communications agencies support their clients with communicating information about their products. Their clients may include pharmaceutical companies, biopharma, medical devices and clinical research organisations.
The information communicated could relate to findings coming out from clinical trail data about new products, indications, efficacy, therapies and treatment options. The agency will work with their client to devise the strategy then develop the activities and materials most suitable for communicating their information effectively to their target audience.
Their overarching aim with communicating new clinical information is to change the behaviour (of healthcare professionals, physicians, patients) to improve patient outcomes.
The roles available
Roles available across healthcare communications are generally split between client services: account management, and editorial: medical writing, editing and copywriting type roles. Increasingly, healthcare agencies also have an internal creative studio with designers, developers, art workers and digital specialists.
Salary and benefits
Entry level positions generally start around £22k-£25k and increase as the level of responsibility and diversity of knowledge increases. Benefits include bonus, healthcare and an opportunity to travel the world.
Skills and experience
You'll need a Bachelor's degree ideally in a life science, and for editorial roles an MSc or PhD is preferred. A genuine passion for healthcare, engaging communication skills and a strong team ethos will impress potential employers.
You'll need to be:
How to stand out
If you can demonstrate anything over and above sound academic achievements - such as awards (academic, professional, personal), publications, presentations, attendance at conferences, work experience and relevant hobbies such as scientific / health blog writing - then you'll be head and shoulders above the other candidates.
The career path
I see people moving within healthcare communications, from medical communications to advertising and PR, or from agency to in-house roles within pharmaceutical or a clinical research organisation. They can also transfer into roles in nutrition, consumer health or charities. There are plenty of opportunities available for someone in healthcare communications to develop professionally - the world is their oyster!
This article was first published in Pf Magazine, June 2019 edition.
An increasing number of people are now open to relocating for a job opportunity, with more daring to cross the North/South boundary and head to beautiful Yorkshire.
I speak with numerous Regulatory Affairs professionals daily who are currently living in the South East but are "open" to relocating. What "open" actually means is up for debate; a lot of people who are initially "open" to relocating often become a little hesitant once they investigate further. Selling a property, property hunting, checking out the nice places to live in the new area, school hunting (if you have kids), standard and cost of living, things to do, transport links - the list of things to consider before making the move to an unknown area of the country is endless!
So why are more and more people still opting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in the South (and the added stress of moving) to relocate up North? Here, we look at the benefits of making the move to the home of the Yorkshire Pudding, the Brontë Sisters and Last of the Summer Wine...
Cost of living
It is renown that the further up North you live, the more reasonable your cost of living is. Compared with living in the Capital, your disposable income every month is considerably higher living in Yorkshire. Anything from the price of a pint of milk (81p in Yorkshire vs 94p in London) to house prices you'll find are more reasonable in Yorkshire than in the South. Which leads me nicely on to...
It's no secret that property prices in the Capital are higher than anywhere else in the UK and rightly so - you're living in a capital city! However, more and more people are now opting for a rural lifestyle and are escaping city life in favour of the countryside, where they can get much more bang for their buck when it comes to property. Did you know, the average property price in London is a staggering £472,230 compared to the average price in Yorkshire of £160,420?!
In comparison, your salary won't drop massively by moving up north, so you'll have more money in your account at the end of the month. Kerching!
Let's face it, no one wants to be stuck on the tube for an hour everyday commuting to the office (London commuters have the longest commuting times that anywhere else in the country!). How much easier would life be if you could jump in your car everyday at 5pm, drive home in less than 30 mins, to spend the evening with yours kids after school, rather than spending that same time stuck on a busy tube or even worse, re-routing your commute home because Southern Rail have cancelled all their trains again...?
Best of both worlds
If you're not ready to completely lose the city life, Yorkshire really does have the best of both worlds. Idyllic countryside and home to two National Parks, over 10 National Trust sites and various beaches as well as being on the doorstep of major cities including Leeds, York and Hull (the latter being the City of Culture 2017!)
Foodies and friendliness
You could be living in the home of the Yorkshire Pudding...need I say more? Plus, Yorkshire folk do proper fish and chips (if you know, you know 😊). The people of Yorkshire have regularly been voted the friendliest in the UK - striking up conversation with people they don't know is a favourite pastime, so they'll be no more worrying about accidentally making eye contact with fellow commuters on the tube.
Lower stress levels
A recent study found that employees in Yorkshire experience lower stress levels than the average British worker - probably something to do with all the fresh air and better work life balance!
Being half Yorkie myself, I could go on all day about how beautiful a place Yorkshire is (I'm not biased AT. ALL....) but if you don't believe me check out these cool facts about the biggest county in the UK.
The north is abundant with interesting job opportunities too. I recruit for Regulatory Affairs within pharma and medical devices and always have plenty of opportunities to discuss with candidates who are looking to make a move! Click here to see all my current vacancies or get in touch for an informal chat about how I could help today:
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This is my first foray into blogging. It's taken me a while - I've worked at Carrot Pharma for the best part of eight years. I started here as a fresh-faced Business graduate, eager to soak up as much information as I could but admittedly, oblivious to what my personal brand was and how it could shape my career. I might not be quite as fresh faced now, but I'd like to think I've learnt a bit about recruitment - and myself - along the way.
What was unequivocally obvious from day one when recruiting into a niche industry (like pharma) was the importance of your own 'network'. That is, your very own list of contacts (who could be candidates and / or clients at some point) who you know, who know you, and who you can call without fear of being hung up on. Sounds pretty straightforward. Over time it stands to reason that through this network you'll secure some roles to work on, and you'll get to know candidates suitable for these. What's more, you'll have built relationships allowing you to provide a consultative service - you can provide more than just a CV to your clients because you actually know the candidates you're advocating.
But here's the catch:
Everyone is trying to do this.
Every recruiter is regurgitating the same rhetoric - that they have the best clients, the best candidates, the best website, the best software, access to every job board known to man, the best employees etc etc. Whilst this obviously isn't true, it can be difficult to decipher who you should believe because tangibly, recruitment companies all operate in quite a similar way. Google a few recruitment companies and read the 'about us' sections - all pretty similar right? As recruiters we don't have a shiny new product to show off or a new app that's going to revolutionise a certain aspect of your life.
So how do you go about growing your own network, keeping people engaged and ensuring your stand out from the crowd? The answer - your personal brand.
Personal branding is essentially the ongoing process of establishing a prescribed image or impression in the mind of others. We all have a personal brand - whether we're aware of it or not. From your LinkedIn picture to the way you sign off emails - people will form an opinion on everything you do. This gives you countless opportunities to influence your personal brand and a well-crafted one can help you gain a competitive edge. There are no hard and fast rules when creating a personal brand (it is personal after all) but if you've read this far, I thought I'd share my two-penneth.
It serves as a personal branding platform in the corporate world. Promote yourself and interact with other people so you become more visible. Being active on social media really helps with widening your reach. Google your SSI (Social Selling Index) LinkedIn score to find out how effectively you portray your professional brand, build relationships and find the right people.
2. Start blogging!
So, I'm a few years late with this one...but having a voice is really important and blogging (along with social media) presents a really good way to do this. You can establish yourself as an expert in your field and showcase a bit of your personality at the same time.
3. Mix up your communication
Tell a story. Impersonal cold calls or emails are a real turnoff. You also don't need to write like you're in a GCSE English exam but equally, text speak probably won't work all that well either. Try not to overthink your communication and it should sound more authentic.
4. Be consistent and build your knowledge
Personal branding isn't just about stuff you write yourself. You need to be consistently engaging with other people and other content that is relevant to the audience you're trying to appeal to. Dilute your engagement too much and your network won't be as relevant as you'd like it to be. Attend the right sort of industry events. Meet the right sort of people.
5. Build trust
A pretty obvious one, but always be honest. There's no point selling a lie - you'll just get found out in the long run. No job is perfect and no candidate is perfect, so try not to pretend that they are. Be honest and do what you say you're going to do, when you say you're going to do it. Simple.
6. Be genuine
Probably the most important point - but to build authentic relationships you need to be yourself. That applies to face to face meetings, email communication, LinkedIn posts, everything. People buy from people (corny saying but true for recruitment) and the only way you'll foster strong relationships is to be yourself. A candidate's relationship with an individual recruiter may often transcend any company loyalty they may have. This is true for clients too and when you build connections with individual hiring managers, they can form part of a network that really lasts.
I could go on, but you get the picture. Your personal brand never stops evolving and is crucial for people in every industry, whether you're job hunting or not. So, if you haven't already, give it some thought, update your online profiles and start blogging!
By Alice Smith
The benefits of working from home are myriad and it is increasingly becoming the norm in many work places but especially in the world of global clinical trials. . With improvements in mobile technology, social media and flexible working, our world is getting smaller and increasingly more accessible, enabling the ongoing success of global remote offices.
Within clinical research, roughly 90% of employees boast some element of home-working in their working week. This is understandable in healthcare since disease and illness do not discriminate across time-zones. The pressures to develop new treatments and meet demanding deadlines in global trials has cemented the need for a global community workforce and many employers have embraced this, offering flexible working in return for better productivity and happier employees.
First and foremost, what are the benefits?
Speaking with Clinical Trial professionals on a daily basis it is clear that the benefits are real - in order to maintain a balance between their high-pressure careers and home-life an element of autonomy is paramount. However, there are some clear disadvantages and still resistance from some employers and employees, who raise concerns about a lack of community spirit, communication breakdowns and inability to lend support easily without sitting within a physical team.
I am a tremendous advocate of home-working and from experience gained by speaking with my network it is clear this balance is essential. Perhaps you can have your cake and eat it (maybe from your home-office, with bi-fold doors that open out onto an abundant garden, dappled sunlight and the relaxing sounds of birdsong...) Here is my guide to home-working in clinical trials; how to get the most out of the positives and how to watch out for and resolve the pitfalls:
2. Make your own community spirit.
3. Communication is key!
With anything new, there are challenges to overcome and ideologies to shift...which can take time, but with anything worthwhile perseverance is key. I see a continued shift towards remote-working in clinical trials and with reported increases in motivation and productivity it will undoubtedly become more and more widespread. It is essential to pioneer new ways of working, develop best practices and of course, to share ideas with each other.
It's no longer dark when we leave work of an evening, which can only mean one thing - it's time to spring clean your C.V. Whether you're currently in the market for a new job or not, it's always worthwhile having an up-to-date C.V. to hand that will help you stand out from the crowd.
A tip-top C.V. can be achieved by following these three stages:
1. Make sure your existing skills and experience are presented in a clear, succinct manner
2. Update any new roles and skills
3. Boost your employability
De-clutter the content
Most people try to keep their C.V. down to two pages long, but this becomes increasingly difficult after several roles and an abundance of skills - deciding what to cut out quickly turns into a bit of a nightmare. If you're looking for more space try to condense down old skills and qualifications. Listing all your GCSE's or breaking down each university module becomes less important the further you progress through your career. Aim to keep educational work to a two-line maximum.
If you've been working for more than 15 years, condense down or remove completely any work prior to this. Qualifications for things that are no longer relevant (such as out-of-date first aid certificates) can also be ditched. And that summer shop work or time you spent interning at your local newspaper 20 years ago may no longer be relevant.
The easiest option when trying to decide what to delete from your C.V. would be any personal interests and hobbies - after all, being a keen baker or helping out in a charity shop in your spare time won't necessarily correlate with the skills needed for your dream role. However, future employers will want to see that you do have a life outside of work, as this will give them a sense of your personality and whether they feel you'll be right for the team fit.
If you're really struggling for space, try condensing down your personal attributes, but never remove them completely.
Dump the clichés
You might be a dynamic problem solver with excellent team-leadership skills, but so is everyone else who's applying for the role. To stand out from the crowd banish the clichés - this will eliminate the waffle from your CV and make your skills and achievements really stand out. If you must use clichés, don't overdo it.
Don't waste important space
Just like the top fold of a newspaper, the top third of your C.V. is where the most important stuff should go. If an employer is reading your C.V. electronically this is the section they'll see before deciding whether to scroll further down, so stay clear of filling it with your name and address in size 20 font - this space needs to be optimised for selling yourself, so don't waste it.
Fill in the gaps
Just as you might be brushing aside old skills, you also need to look at adding in the new ones. Even if you're content in your current role it's important to add these new skills to your C.V. as you gain them - this will save you time and stress if/when you come to look for a new job.
Revisiting old jobs might jog your memory of skills you may have acquired but not used lately. Make sure to highlight any that may not be relevant to the next role you apply for.
Beef yourself up
Don't say, do. It's easy enough to say you're a great problem solver but this needs backing up with prime examples. These examples will prove to a potential new employer what you could actually bring to their company, as well as giving you something concrete to talk about at the interview stage. Backing up your achievements with statistics and figures will make them more comprehendible to the reader.
Check, check and check again
Every time you add something new to your C.V. you increase the chance of making a mistake. Proof-read the document at least twice before sending it out (or saving it away for the future) and, if possible, get someone else to cast their eyes over it - two eyes are better than one!