At the beginning of June 2014 I graduated university. Robes were rented, photos were taken and I suddenly realised that I had no idea what I was doing next. No idea at all. So, I made the same decision as many graduates – to put off real life for a bit and go travelling.
After a few months I was back in England and the job hunt began properly. When I came across the advert for a graduate position at Clark Health Communications, it immediately sounded like something I wanted to look into; the opportunity to use my science background, a huge range of different projects and what sounded like a small and friendly team.
The graduate day was a completely different experience to all other interview days I had been to (although it came with the same pre-interview anxiety). It was the first time I had left an interview thinking right, this is for me. So, as you can guess, I was very pleased to be offered the job.
On the lead-up to my first day, I realised that I didn’t really know what I would be doing. Sometimes I think I still don’t know everything my role entails, but that’s because it changes from week to week.
One of my favourite things about being at CHC is that they cover so many aspects of healthcare communication, and they’ve let me throw myself into all of them. Within a few months of being here I had been involved in media campaigns, educational meetings, creation of educational materials for HCPs, the production of a medical journal article and a lot more.
During my first week I was able to get involved in real aspects of the projects, not just photocopying and making tea. These initial six months have gone incredibly quickly but I’ve been able to achieve a lot more in this time than I thought I would. My role is continually changing and growing, and there’s not been a day when I haven’t looked forward to coming in (except after the Communique awards, but no one wanted to be in the office that day). I feel part of a team, and am really excited to see where we’ll be in the future.
I’d never heard of healthcare communications before, and when I try to explain my job to people I still get a lot of blank looks. But so far it has offered everything I was looking for. It’s an industry that allows you to be part of something bigger. Everyone you work with is in a position to influence and improve the health and care of people around the world. I’ve got a lot to learn about communications, but for me, CHC is the place to do it.
My advice to recent graduates – don’t be limited to the industries you’re told about at university. Not everyone is made to work in the City and a small company can offer a great opportunity to experience a lot, very quickly.
Here’s my list of reasons why you should consider healthcare communications;
- An interest in healthcare and medicine, with the opportunity to influence these areas
- Chance to work on a huge variety of projects (often at the same time)
- Prospect of working with different clients, based all around the world and focussed on widely different brands
- A mixture of creative and scientific projects
- A constantly changing environment to work within