What drew you to Ashfield Healthcare Communications?
The main attraction for me was Allegro, which provides a structured training program into medical writing and communications. Compared to other employers, Ashfield is different as the people within the company seem to care a lot about my development as an Associate Medical Writer.
What 3 words describe the culture here at Ashfield Healthcare Communications?
Engaging, friendly and helpful.
What’s a typical day like for you?
At the minute a typical day for me is quite varied, since I am still in my training phase of Allegro. Some days can involve attending workshops, which are short courses on various aspects of medical writing; other days can be undertaking practical exercises which are challenging but fun.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is learning and improving my skills with colleagues who are at the same level as myself.
What helps you concentrate when writing?
I personally like listening to music whilst writing. This helps me zone out and focus on what’s in front of me.
Do you have any advice for aspiring Medical Writers?
For those who are thinking of a career in medical writing, I would encourage them to get as much writing experience as possible. For example, you could write your own science blog. The more varied the writing styles the better. Also, don’t forget to keep a note or portfolio of your work so you can recall everything you have done.
Can you explain the Allegro programme briefly to readers?
The Allegro programme is a dedicated curriculum set up for entry-level Medical Writers. This is made up of an initial 8-week training phase, before two agency rotations.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
Hopefully, I would have worked my way up the ladder to become a principal medical writer.
What/Who is your favourite author or inspiration?
Probably J K Rowling.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
Go travelling around Thailand; go travelling around Australia; get a really big kitchen for my house.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably eat! Eating is one of my main hobbies.
What fictional place would you most like to go?
What are some of the small things that make your day better?
Seeing my fiancée and my dog. Oh, and a brew with biscuits.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Playing football and going on walks with my fiancée and dog.