Personal Career Development

Thursday 30 May 2019 What can I do with my science degree? The Royal Society of Medicine, London

Thursday 30th May 2019
13:00 - 17:00

The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street


This event is free to attend

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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 is pleased to be hosting a FREE event for science students and graduates who are 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 will highlight 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 will discuss how excellent communications strategies and programmes help new medicines reach the patients that need them. They will explain the different roles involved whether in a pharma company or a supporting agency and how to get into one of these careers.

The event is free but you will need to complete a registration form and will receive reminders as the event approaches. You will need to reconfirm your intention to attend in the week prior to the event as we will release places to those on the waiting list if you are no longer able to attend.

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: the drug development process and how it is changing, the rise of science–led novel therapies, new hope in neurological indications and rare diseases, where we are going in the future & navigating the new pharmaceutical and biotechnology company landscape.


Why I love being a pharmaceutical brand manager and how I got here

What you will learn: A current pharmaceutical marketer will talk about the highlights of their role in helping bring new products to patients that need them and how they got into the career through a graduate role in a pharma company.


Panel Q&A session with 3 people from pharmaceutical marketing

You will have a chance to ask questions of three individuals working within pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and find out more about what they do and where they started.


Coffee break and networking


How technology is changing the face of healthcare

What you will learn: The rise of health technology and digital innovation and how it’s changing the way we look at our health, diagnosis and treatment. What this means for pharmaceutical marketing and medical communications.


A digital health solution that has changed lives – a case study

What you will learn: An important digital health solution will be presented by the company that developed it. You will understand where the idea came from, how the pharmaceutical company partnered with an agency to develop it and what was involved as well as the data that proves it has made a difference to patients.


A 360 degree view of the healthcare agency landscape

What you will learn:
- What are the different types of healthcare agencies that support the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry? (advertising and branding, PR, medical communications, specialist digital agencies, consultancies and more)
- What is the career path within an agency and how do I approach applying?


A day in a life of an Agency Account Manager

What you will learn: You will hear from an agency account manager, what it’s like to be in this role, what you would do day to day, some key highlights and why it’s such an exciting career.


Navigating Graduate Applications

What you will learn: Overall tips when applying to any roles including specific tips on covering letters, background research, using LinkedIn and graduate programmes.


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.


Closing remarks


Event close


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