The Latest Instalment of our MedComms Junior Assessment Centre
Over the past few weeks MedComms Professionals have experienced numerous wins. From one of us passing our driving theory to a record breaking month for placing our candidates. Of course, our MedComms Assessment Centre last week was no exception.
Having put the word out a few months ago for graduates with life science degrees or indeed PhD, we received a record number of applications which unfortunately put us in the position of turning a few applicants away. Given that we’re anticipating even more submissions for the next time round we are now looking at options to source a larger alternative venue (just putting it out there: Wembley?).
Not only did our Assessment Centre proved to be abundantly popular with our candidates we were also able to welcome along some of our clients to personally observe our latest batch of promising graduates and better facilitate their progression into client services or medical writing roles. Sciterion were even kind enough to allow one of their account executives to be bombarded with questions about what it’s like working in the medical communications by the group of highly motivated graduates passionate about their potential career paths.
Over the course of our free workshop, the attendees were tasked with delivering presentations to our packed out boardroom. With a theme involving the changing face of medical communications within the digital marketplace. In order to complete the task, they had to pitch to a very specific audience and give consideration towards to someone who hasn’t grown up with the technology we now have at our disposal.
As usual, we rounded proceedings off with one of our favourite group activities, Ship Wreck! Naturally this activity got everyone chatting and engaging with one another whilst also defending their role on the ship. We are quite fond of this exercise as it highlights outgoing personalities, especially the tenacity and initiative that is key in dealing with tricky clients in a real agency setting.
At the end of the day we had some excellent feedback and have already seen one of their number secure their first role as an account executive (we can’t promise that the others won’t be snapped up just as quickly so if you have junior requirements within your business don’t be afraid to get in touch!).
Our business manager had this to say about the day:
“Really strong graduates who shone through in different ways with their great communications. A fantastic fit for this exciting market.” Daniela Foster-Turner, MedComms Professionals Business Manager.
The following the day we provided detailed feedback to our graduates on their performances throughout the day as well as results from their writing tests they had completed beforehand. We always try to provide as much detailed and constructive feedback as possible with suggestions for improvement.
During our own post-event debrief we’ve also started brainstorming new innovations to better help forge our graduates into the future best in the business. Watch this space for developments potentially including elevator pitches and tailored CV help.
In addition to sending out feedback to those who participated we also requested they provide some feedback on how they found the workshop:
‘’I really enjoyed this day and would recommend it to anybody who is thinking about getting into medical communications’’
‘’The day was really useful and the staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful’’
We look forward to holding many more MedComms Junior Assessment Centres in the future, if you would like to take part as a candidate or to get involved as a client, or maybe you are just curious about the industry, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0118 9522 792 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org