Learning new things and then translating them to other people is exciting. Interpreting data and getting the opinion of leading doctors on the findings is very interesting.
When I was in high school, I loved science and I expected to go to university and do academic research. Later, I found that I also enjoyed teaching, writing and talking about new basic science and clinical findings. My entry into the pharma industry proved to be a very good fit as I was able to address each of these areas. I developed new skills there and got a lot of good training. I was able to be part of research teams and work with the data. I wrote reports and summaries. As I progressed in my career, I got to work with younger employees where I mentored and shared my knowledge with them. Over the years, I had several mentors who encouraged and influenced me. I found that the best way to overcome challenges is by thinking about them and consulting others about how they would handle them. I learn well from experience.
Learn as much as you can about the possible roles available in the company and think carefully about how to position yourself as a good candidate.
My Other interests include travel, music, sports (tennis, hiking, fitness), and cooking. I do/did several volunteer activities. I volunteer with the outreach program of Let’s Talk Science. I was involved in building houses in Nicaragua through the Bridges to Community organization. I support the Canadian Diabetes Association.
In my most recent role, I provided medical strategy for a drug for advanced prostate cancer. I worked on the global medical affairs study program and provided medical expertise for commercial issues. I also planned and led scientific advisory boards with key thought leaders. Finally, I led medical affairs activities for publications.
When I worked at Bayer, I held various roles of increasing responsibility within the Canadian Medical Department. As a member of a global team, I supported regional activities by training, mentoring and advising. I used German and French in the workplace. As I advanced in my career, different opportunities opened up to me. With new opportunities came new challenges. I found that a great part of my work life.
When I was
- Foreign Languages
- Literature and Language Arts
- Physical Education / Health
- Brought People Together
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Was motivated by success
- Wanted to be in charge
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Always knew what I wanted to do