In an increasingly competitive market place, most companies are interested in candidates with previous experience. They want people who can hit the ground running, rather than entry level candidates who require resources to be made available to them in the form of training or mentoring. There are quite a few positions coming up in medical communications career. All wanting to make a career in medical communications need to pick up any of the following positions:
- Writing for branded medical journals
- Involving in direct-to-patient communication
- Working on pharmacoeconomic reviews
- Managing entry of new product programs
- Managing drug information and medicines portfolios
- Handling exhibitions and events
- Coordinating with media, handling public relations
Medical Account Executive/Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative: Here one may work on selling pharma products to various doctors, or medical stores.
Medical Project Manager: Manage the product from start to finish. The candidate will be involved in launching the product to capturing the market and leading the market.
Public Relations Officer: Coordinating with media, handling various events as exhibitions explaining company objectives, and its products.
These types of roles are not abundant with recruitment agencies as companies hiring try not to pay recruitment fees on their most junior positions. It is thus better to contact companies directly. Few companies also offer medical internships.
You can even get a clear picture of available positions with a quick visit to a company website. These websites have recruitment or career pages which will provide contact details and information on the types of role they are recruiting for. The website may tell you what to include with an application but if it don't specify, you should include a covering letter explaining your interest in the company as medical communications person, describing the skills that you possess which will make you a success in their company. Remember to include your contact details. Always present yourself in a highly professional manner.