In the final year of my Neuroscience degree at the University of Nottingham, I found myself, like many soon-to-be-graduates, panicking about my future. However, two things were certain; I still loved science, and I knew I didn’t want to work in a laboratory. After researching further into science careers, I came across medical communications, which sounded right up my street; the opportunity to be at the forefront of science, without having to suspend rabbit tissue in a water bath and watch it for hours on end.
I started the process of researching openings at medical communications companies and found a graduate internship at Ashley Medical Communications. The role sounded perfect, apart from the fact it was 80 miles from home. I decided to apply for it anyway, as if there’s one thing every student knows, it’s that any interview experience is invaluable.
During this time, I had been contacted for interviews from other companies, but when I got a call from Philippa Moody (Director at Ashley Medical Communications), they became my number one choice – provided I got any other offers! Interviews are an intimidating process, but Philippa instantly made me feel at ease; she was personable, genuine, and a true reflection of what I now know the company’s ethos to be.
After my face-to-face interview, my first impressions of Ashley Medical Communications were sky-high. They were welcoming, relaxed, but very professional, and when I was told the exciting news that I had been successful, the distance from home no longer felt so daunting. I moved into a shared house within the month and began my internship in September 2018.
Within my first week, I had learnt about the basics – the European and UK guidelines, such as EMA, NICE and SMC. I was trained on the ABPI Code of Practice, which gave me a strong understanding of the importance of compliance to the industry, and I learnt a huge amount about different pharmaceutical companies’ current and pipeline products. I was also trained to use VEEVA for a client project, and by the end of the week was competently managing some VEEVA CRM aspects. I was finding my feet by joining conference calls, pharmacovigilance training and a rebranding workshop where my opinions as a ‘millennial’ were appreciated. By my third week, I was booked onto a Healthcare Communications Agency training course in London as the company delegate!
My short time at Ashley Medical Communications has been fast-paced, informative and genuinely good fun. My first impressions of the company were correct – I couldn’t ask for a better place to start a career in Medical Communications and I am excited to see what the future holds.