Why Should You Want to Work in Medical Communications?
When it comes to acquiring candidates for junior roles in MedComms, my job is easy. Occasionally the person on the other end of the phone is unaware of the industry, but soon become hooked after an explanation or they are already sold and raring to go on any entry level opportunities I mention.
But why? What is it about MedComms that makes it such an interesting, dynamic and fun career?
To a certain extent, it depends on what you are after. MedComms can and does offer the following:
- A chance to be involved with science outside of the lab or a research context – often, you simply reach the upper limit of your tolerance with bench work. Once you do, it’s time to find something that will still let you use that technical knowledge.
- Become enthusiastic about your work and get to feel like you’re making a difference – MedComms allows you to have direct involvement within a brand and offers a personal interaction with your audience.
- A job that lets your creative side come out to play – maybe you’re a writer or an irrepressible doodler. Medical communications projects will draw out these elements in order to make something more imaginative than dry lab reports and experimental results.
- Intellectual stimulation – new discoveries are always being made, you get to go out and find out all about them and dream up new ways to put that fresh knowledge to use in order to drive awareness.
- There is no ‘typical’ day – there’s always something different and exciting around the corner, whether it be a new client or a whole new type of project. Agencies are going digital and there’s a lot to play with from websites, apps, games and more.
- Behemoth of a career – The world of MedComms is fast paced, you don’t sit still and there is always more to do.
- You don’t get pigeonholed or squirreled away in a lonely office – You can be at the forefront, meeting people, interacting with clients and getting to operate as part of the well-oiled machine that is your team.
If all of that wasn’t quite enough, I sat down with our seasoned consultants to find out more.
Our newest team member, Ayaz, can already see that MedComms is an industry that will propel you into the stratosphere in an eye wateringly amount of time.
“You can go from a graduate to a high flying account director in a matter of a few short years, with the not too shabby pay rises that come with successive promotions. You get to learn, sharpening and honing those communications skills. Even when you get to the point where you are the one delivering the training, there’s always something new to pick up. “
Matt, our consultant who handles PR clients, had recently come back from a client visit and had a great take on what companies are prepared to do to attract the best talent in the business.
“From installing cocktail bars to holding many a social event to offering birthday lie-ins, agencies are coming up with the best benefits packages possible to get people to come and work for them. Whilst also making sure they have the most interesting clients and projects too of course.”
And of course the guru of everything medical communications related, Sarah the MedComms recruitment director, had insight on this subject.
“Working for an agency exposes you to a whole range of clients and therapy areas. MedComms is a career that will open countless doors for your working life. One of the best aspects is you get to travel, you can work in so many locations in and out of the country, thereby giving you much more freedom than your average desk job.”
What all three were quick to tell me (and what I wholeheartedly agree with) is that MedComms is a career where you get out what you put in. By putting in your hours (and then some when deadlines are due), you get more out of the job in a big way. Your reputation will begin to grow, potentially earning you industry influence and then if you decide the time is right to move on, will companies start clamouring for your attention.
My own personal tip for not only MedComms but other job sectors, is to find reasons why you stand out as a candidate and why companies should pay attention to you. Remember this is your time to shine and show off any creative and imaginative flair. If you have an artistic hobby, offer to bring in a portfolio. If you have created a successful website, provide the URL. Not only will this make you more memorable, but also shows self-motivation to develop existing skills.
How about you? Why did you decide to get into MedComms? If you’re looking to make that step into industry, why? Feel free to contact us for any tips or advice, or to just general MedComms chat.