What drew you to Ashfield Healthcare Communications?

The prospect of receiving good training and the impression that there is a very positive, supportive and professional atmosphere at Ashfield (which I can now confirm!).

What 3 words describe the culture here at Ashfield Healthcare Communications?

Friendly, supportive and team-oriented.

What’s a typical day like for you?

So far, there hasn’t really been one – every day is different and I appreciate the diversity of my work!

What’s the best part of your job?

The diversity of fields and tasks, i.e. the continuous learning and creativity involved; and the lovely colleagues.

What helps you concentrate when writing?

Listening to music.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Medical Writers?

If you enjoy writing, continuously learning about many different scientific areas and enjoy working in a team, it might be exactly the career choice for you. I would also recommend getting informed well before applying (online, career events) because there is really more to it than the job title implies.

Can you explain the Allegro programme briefly to readers?

Allegro is a 1-year training programme aimed to provide aspiring medical writers with the skills and confidence to get their career started. Personally, I highly appreciate the safe and supportive environment of the training phase rather than being thrown into the deep waters from day one.

Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?

I have absolutely no idea and exactly that is what makes life exciting to me.

Who are your favourite authors?

J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Seeing Swan Lake ballet at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow, travelling to New Zealand, hiking in the Highlands.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Read many more books, learn another language and learn how to play the piano.

What fictional place would you most like to go?

Rivendell in Middle Earth.

What are some of the small things that make your day better?

Tea, biscuits and lunchtime walks with my colleagues.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Travelling, hiking, reading and (non-scientific) writing, going out for dinner and drinks…

Hiking an unpronounceable glacier in Iceland.