The life sciences industry is growing, and it’s not just because of the pandemic. As I explained in my last blog, we are still trying to conquer diseases for patients with unmet medical needs like cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and rheumatology that affect millions of people every day. Cancer, Haematology and Neurology dominate in the arena of new treatments being made available to patients. We expect vaccines and treatment for COVID-19 to appear in this list soon.
The incredible amount of ongoing research being carried out, at an approximate cost of $150 billion per year, is producing innovative medicines to treat these diseases. But, we need people to help with drug discovery, development, registration and commercialisation across the globe.
Regardless of your background or specific expertise, the life sciences industry covers a huge range of jobs and roles, so you will have your choice of working environments and can decide which area to work in based on your location, preferences, skills and capabilities. With constant room for career development and individual growth – there’s never a dull day when working in life sciences.
If you’re keen to break into the industry, you need to consider the following, as well as your career preferences, when applying for roles. I would also strongly urge you to do your research and check out company websites before applying for your desired role:
The life sciences industry continues to grow throughout the pandemic and positively contribute to the health of populations around the world. As a result, organisations are recruiting and filling talent gaps every day. So, if you’re interested in building your career in the industry, I hope this advice has provided you with an understanding of the key points to consider before starting your search, as well as some practical steps to help ensure that search is as successful as possible.
If you found this advice helpful, read my other blogs for more insights into the life sciences industry:
Sandra has worked in Senior Executive roles for Sanofi, AstraZeneca, Merck and Johnson & Johnson across the Asia Pacific Region, developing immunotherapies, biologics & targeted agents to early and successful in-market launch in the Asia Pacific Region.
She has a reputation as an effective and innovative leader with proven ability to build high performing teams and deliver strong P&L performance by developing collaborative partnerships between medical, patients, market access and commercial groups.
Sandra is also a mentor and educator, with a passion for inspiring people to reach beyond what they ever thought possible and then helping them get there.
“Life Sciences is an exciting and dynamic industry. The opportunity to educate people and encourage more talent to join us and create more life for patients, is my purpose.” www.ScienceToLife.com.au
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