I began as a medical writer after almost a decade working in medical publishing as a production editor. Whilst working in publishing, I was exposed to lots of different writing styles, learned about design, illustration, effective copyediting an quality control, and, importantly, worked closely with scientific experts. I quickly became well-grounded in project management, independently managing my own time and workload, and overseeing the quality and work of others.

I made the move to MedComms because publishing had slowly changed over the past decade to a very outsource-heavy industry where production editors were a lot less closely involved in the content. The opportunity to be once again deeply embedded in the science and content creation was a big part of what attracted me to MedComms, as well as the variation in the types of projects I would work on. I had a lot of colleagues who had made the move from medical publishing to MedComms several years before and loved it. The hard-working attitude and emphasis on delivering content of the highest possible quality that had been instilled in us from our early days of publishing paved the way for a career in MedComms.

Since moving to MedComms I have worked on a huge range of projects, from traditional symposia and congresses located as far away as Dubai and Australia, to podcasts and scientific narratives. The fast-paced nature of the job means you are always learning something new and picking up additional skills. It has been a chance to work with intelligent colleagues and clients, passionate about what they do, who always question how we can improve and innovate on the work we deliver.

As someone without a masters or PhD, it’s great working at a company like Lucid Group that offers so many opportunities for growth and career progression. Lucid has a leadership team that really supports you, encourages you to stretch within your role and set your own personal development goals. It is an agency that is rapidly expanding, so progress is based on when you are ready for the next step in your career, in contrast to other industries, where you need to wait for someone to retire before positions become available! As long as you’re willing to put the work in, are a fast learner and have a real passion for the science, I would encourage those interested in medical writing to not see a lack of higher qualifications as a barrier.

This personal profile first appeared in the FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications, published March 2022.

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