What can I do with my science degree?
A guide to careers outside the lab in the pharmaceutical and healthcare agency sector.
A FREE half day meeting for science students and graduates.
The PM Society hosted a FREE event for science students and graduates interested in finding out more about careers in pharmaceutical marketing and healthcare communications. There are a set of jobs within this sector that are not widely understood by science students looking at options following graduation. We highlighted a variety of roles available that combine science with creativity and innovation while also helping people living with disease.
Speakers from pharmaceutical companies and a variety of healthcare communications agencies discussed how excellent communications strategies and programmes help new medicines reach the patients that need them. They explained the different roles involved whether in a pharma company or a supporting agency and how to get into one of these careers.
Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. There will be a waiting list.
Registration and Networking
Opening remarks from the Chair
The changing world of drug development
What you will learn: Lynne Hughes discusses the drug development process and how it is changing, the rise of science–led novel therapies, new hope in neurology and why working in the industry is so rewarding.
Why I love being in pharmaceutical Sales & Marketing and how I got here
What you will learn: James Holah talks about how he started his career, what it’s like to work in pharmaceutical sales and marketing and some of the highlights of his career in helping bring new products to patients that need them.
Panel Q&A session
You will have a chance to ask questions of individuals working within the industry to find out more about their careers in pharmaceutical sales and marketing as well as the wider drug development and commercialisation industry.
Coffee break and networking
Take 20 minutes and be sure to visit the companies exhibiting next to the coffee and tea stations.
How technology is changing healthcare
What you will learn: James Harper talks about what the big 4 technology companies are doing in healthcare, how the NHS is going to be utilising new technologies to improve its services and where technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Virtual reality are being used in healthcare in the UK. James will also be looking at technologies in Pharma sales & marketing and the impact they are having on traditional in house and agency roles.
Two digital health solutions
What you will learn: Two agencies will present different projects they have worked on covering where the idea came from, how the pharmaceutical companies partnered with their agencies to develop the projects, what was involved as well as the data that proves these projects have made a difference.
Coffee break and networking
Take 15 minutes and be sure to visit the companies exhibiting next to the coffee and tea stations.
A 360 degree view of the healthcare agency landscape
What you will learn:
A day in a life of an Agency Account Manager
What you will learn: Rob Mackichan will talk about what it’s like to be in this role, what he does day to day, some key highlights from his time as an account manager and why it’s such an exciting career.
Navigating Graduate Applications
What you will learn: Daniel Laghaney will give some useful tips when applying for graduate schemes or roles within the industry.
Panel Q&A on roles within agencies
You will have a chance to ask questions of a panel of people working in healthcare agencies. They will be able to tell you more about the different roles available, from medical writing to client services and how to get into an agency role.