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I graduated from Liverpool University with a 2:1 Honours degree in Zoology in 2001. My mother had a successful career in medical communications and so I was aware of the industrymore...I graduated from Liverpool University with a 2:1 Honours degree in Zoology in 2001. My mother had a successful career in medical communications and so I was aware of the industry and thought it would be something I would be interested in pursuing as a career path. After some interviews I secured a position at a CRO in Slough where I quickly trained up as a medical writer, with a particular emphasis on clinical study reports. After eighteen months in the position, I wanted to relocate to a different area of the country and secured a position at another CRO in Cambridge.
One of my key experiences growing up was helping to train younger students at a judo club near my home town of Oxford. Whilst I was at Cambridge I felt that maybe working on clinical trials was not the only profession I wanted to experience. After spending some time researching alternative career paths, I decided that, taking into consideration how much I had enjoyed working with children and my love of science, I would apply to train as a teacher. I did so and qualified in 2005. Having spent the years since then working as a science teacher, head of department and pastoral leader in a number of schools around London, I have now come to the conclusion that education is not the place for me anymore. The changes that have taken place in teaching over the last few years have shifted the focus and I’m not as satisfied as I once was.
I have decided to look back at medical writing, as I think I am actually a stronger candidate now than I was back in 2004 when I first left the profession. My work as a science teacher has helped me develop and broaden my repertoire of writing styles whilst still incorporating strong scientific content and understanding. As a teacher, if I don’t understand the lesson material then my students definitely won’t. As well as this, recent advances in medical science and technology are amazing, and with the uncertainty created by the approach of Brexit in 2019, I feel that this would be a very exciting time to be working with the pharmaceutical industry.
Working as a teacher means I have gained a vast range of transferable skills, including leadership, management and coaching abilities (I’ve run departments, year groups and coordinated induction periods for newly qualified teachers across a school). I have exceptional communication skills and am able to work and communicate successfully with a variety of stakeholders. I have had to become a highly adaptable and flexible worker who is able to change his priorities quickly and efficiently. Teaching has become highly data-driven and this has further strengthened my own data analysis and presentational skills. I have to be able to present complex scientific ideas and concepts to a wide range of audiences. As well as this, my leadership responsibilities have required me to be able to interrogate complex and sensitive data sets, producing key findings and conclusions to my managers. I am a highly independent worker who is more than used to working on multiple projects to demanding deadlines.
Medical Writer, Political Writer, Educator