It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact start of my journey into MedComms, but it was probably while I was studying for my undergraduate degree and quickly realised that lab work wasn’t for me. I was lucky that my university offered the option of completing a science media project as an alternative to the typical final-year research project. This involved selecting a scientific topic and developing communication pieces tailored to different audiences. Little did I know that I’d end up working in a field based on these exact principles!
After graduating in 2014, I secured an internship with a clinical research group. During my time there, I happened upon an advert for a graduate role in MedComms. This seemed like a perfect fit for me, marrying my passion for science and healthcare with an opportunity to work in a fast-paced business environment. I decided to take the leap and moved to London to start in my first role in the industry.
Account management isn’t a career choice I had considered previously, but it’s allowed me to hone my skills in so many areas: communication, time management, problem solving and financial management being just a few. Since starting out, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a range of projects: from coordinating activities at congresses across Europe to, more recently, supporting my clients with the switch to delivering medical education activities in a fully virtual world. Every day is different, and I love the variety my role brings.
One of the things that attracted me to join Lucid back in early 2020 was the company vision of transforming patients’ lives. Since joining, I have really enjoyed partnering with clients to support with their strategic planning; getting to really understand their target audiences so we can tailor healthcare communication solutions to drive meaningful change. It’s great to be involved in work that truly delivers life-transforming value through pioneering solutions that change behaviour, improve clinical practice and advance health outcomes.
We have fully embraced the world of hybrid working at Lucid. There’s no pressure to be in the office a set number of days a week and I appreciate the control I have over my own working pattern. I’m lucky to work with an incredibly supportive (and brainy!) bunch of people, and it’s been great to have the chance to get together with them in person more recently.
Looking to the future, I am keen to stretch myself into unfamiliar areas, whether that’s a new therapy area or attempting to find an innovative solution to address an unmet clinical need. We talk a lot about embracing the fear zone at Lucid and we’re actively encouraged to put our hands up for new opportunities, especially those that take us out of our comfort zone.
I would recommend MedComms as a career to anyone who’s passionate about improving healthcare and is looking for a varied, fast-paced and rewarding role.
This personal profile first appeared in the FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management, published January 2022
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