Getting your Foot on the Pharma Ladder

Stephen O'Brien 27.06.2018

Around this time of year, we as recruiters will begin to see a huge influx of qualified science related CV’s of candidates eagerly looking to begin their careers. 

It can be an exciting time where science graduates can finally put their qualifications to use. But for some, it can cause frustration as there can be push back on those who don’t have experience. 
 
How can candidates overcome this issue where a lack of experience is not allowing them to gain experience? If you are a college student, science graduate or looking to gain experience in the pharmaceutical industry, read on to see some ways to jump start your career
 
Work Placement
 
This is so beneficial to your future career. Generally, these can last anywhere from 6-9 months so if your college course allows, these are an absolute must
Don’t let location get in the way of a good opportunity. After all, it is only for a few months. It will give you the freedom you may be looking for if you are stuck at home with the parents plus giving you excellent experience as a bonus!
 
Graduate Programs

 
After spending a few years in college to get your bachelor’s degree, the last thing some people want to do is commit to another 3 years studying while doing a graduate program. Although it is part work/part study, these are an excellent resource to graduates. Not only are you guaranteed a job for 3 years, you are also gaining fantastic experience which is invaluable and giving you an advantage over other candidates.
Graduate programs usually begin recruiting before exams so keep an eye out on company websites and keep in touch with lecturers
 
Non GMP labs
 
Non GMP refers to any lab outside of Pharmaceutical/ Biopharmaceutical, Medical Device and Diagnostic sectors. These labs are generally ISO accredited and can be found in contract laboratories, food manufacturing plants, chemical plants and environmental laboratories. Generally, these sectors are quite happy to take on graduates with little to no experience. These opportunities in most cases offer the same analytical experience as most GMP companies such as HPLC, GC, ICP-MS (Chemistry) and Endotoxin, Bioburden and Environmental Monitoring (Microbiology). With a few years’ experience under your belt and the right attitude, you will increase your chances of breaking into the pharmaceutical industry

If you would like more information, please feel free to reach out on 0212300300.
 

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