The Regulatory Science program at the University of Southern California offers a variety of graduate certificates, a Masters program, and a new Doctorate geared towards regulatory affairs professionals. In the Regulatory Science program, students learn how to guide medical products and foods through the complex regulatory and reimbursement paths required to bring them to market. Regulatory Affairs is an incredibly important part of the drug development process, and in a very real sense plays the key role in determining the success or failure of a drug development program. Ultimately, it’s a company’s regulatory affairs team that must make the case to the FDA that a drug is safe, effective, and deserves to be on the market.
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Posted: February 21st, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Education, Regulatory affairs | Tags: career, dayinthelife, glossary, regulatory, Regulatory affairs | No Comments »
Given the current financial crisis, becoming a quantitative analyst probably isn’t at the top of many “careers in demand” lists these days. But if you’ve ever been curious about how you might be able to put your scientist’s mind to work solving problems on Wall Street, check out this Science Careers podcast with finance exec Lee Maclin, director of research at Pragma Financial Systems. Or read about algorithmic trading and quantitative analysis at the Advanced Trading Quant Center… but if this is the career you’re hoping for, you might want to ‘hedge’ your bets until things get back on track!
Posted: February 18th, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: finance, podcast, quant, quantitative analysis, scientist, trading | No Comments »
Posting a resume and replying to ads posted on job boards is a typical job-search strategy. Unfortunately, if you’re looking to start a new career in the pharmaceutical industry, it’s also a tremendous waste of time. Worse, it can put your privacy at risk and make you vulnerable to unscrupulous people who take advantage of the unemployed and desperate. To understand why your efforts aren’t worthwhile, you need to put yourself into the mindset of the employer — and then learn what the boards can do to help move your search forward.
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Posted: February 17th, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Resumes & CVs | Tags: entry-level, job boards, resumes | No Comments »
A tough economy has many students seeing dark clouds on the horizon as they look forward to graduating into a tight employment market. A recent Boston Globe article discussed the drop in on-campus recruiting sessions and the challenges facing new grads.
Fortunately, not all sectors of the economy have been equally hard-hit, and healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech companies continue to offer some good prospects. The Globe points out that opportunities in this sector aren’t limited to students with a science background:
- Political science majors are finding work in healthcare policy positions at think tanks, consulting firms, and within the government.
- Economics and business students are in demand at the larger hospitals and drug companies in management and financial roles.
- Sociology and psychology degrees open doors to counseling jobs at retirement and medical facilities.
- English majors with good writing skills can find work in corporate communications at pharmaceutical firms, insurance companies, and larger healthcare providers.
- Healthcare Information Technology is a steadily growing field taking job applicants from engineering, information sciences, and web analytics backgrounds.
- Pharmaceutical sales continues to be a reliable option with great long-term opportunities for liberal arts majors with strong interpersonal skills.
Posted: February 15th, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: careers, corporate communications, nonscientists | 1 Comment »
The Blue Sky Resumes blog has a great post, the 7 Mistakes You’re Probably Making on LinkedIn.
The pharmaceutical and biotech sectors have been enthusiastic adopters of this social networking site. If you’ve ever wondered how to find the names of people to call for informational interviews, or for personalizing your cover letters, this is your answer.
These days, LinkedIn should definitely be a part of your networking strategy but you can’t just put up a profile and forget it. Louise Fletcher’s advice will help your profile get attention.
If you’re trying to land a clinical research job, you should apply these tips on how to write a clinical research resume to your profile as well. Be sure to sign up for some LinkedIn groups that relate to your career goals (e.g. the Good Clinical Practice group).
In a future post, we’ll talk about how to use LinkedIn to actively build relationships, and discuss the value of other niche social networking sites.
Posted: February 14th, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Informational interviews, networking, Resources, Resumes & CVs | Tags: LinkedIn, networking, resume, social networking | No Comments »