Claire Woon, AMICULUM Access

A degree in chemistry, followed by a PhD, then on to a career in research – that’s the career path when you enjoy science, right? That’s what I thought as I came to the end of my PhD in salt crystallisation at The University of Manchester and struggled with the realisation that I didn’t want to be in the lab anymore. The challenge was that I had no idea what else was out there!

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Sophie Wicken, Consultant, Oxford PharmaGenesis

I graduated with an MBiochem and, after a year spent working on a research project for my final dissertation, I decided that labs certainly were not for me! Fuelled by a final year panic, where everyone was starting to get a job, I accepted a role as an audit associate at an accountancy and finance firm. After 18 months, it was clear that a day filled mostly with Excel spreadsheets was not motivating me and I missed science. Furthermore, I wanted a career where I could make a meaningful contribution, where I would be constantly learning and challenged, and where I could have a good work–life balance.

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Cecilia Silva, Market Access Writer, Prime Access (a Prime Global consultancy)

In my childhood, I had many philosophical questions about the world. I wanted to learn about life as we know it, the science of death and how cells work, so I studied for a biochemistry and genetics undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham. There, I developed a fundamental knowledge of molecular biology and medicine, and I was able to gain essential skills for HEOR and market access such as scientific writing and problem solving.

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