Graduate career prospects are at the heart of US education, with teaching increasingly informed by what is going on in the rapidly-changing world around us. With digital technologies transforming the education landscape, getting advanced degrees - whether online or offline - has become more prevalent and in some cases, necessary, due to the tightened and competitive job market. The varied range of options in learning format, specialisations and majors and institutions, can in fact be mind-boggling.
In our Student and Alumni Profile series, we will regularly feature students and alumni to give you a glimpse of who we are, and more importantly, offer you insights and perspectives if you plan to walk the same path. Meet Dr Malvika Singh, a foreign medical doctor, currently completing our Certificate in Clinical Trial Management, and who has recently got a full time job offer as a Clinical Research Coordinator in a Cardiology hospital .
The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for bringing in new drugs for the treatment of diseases. For this, it largely depends on clinical studies and trials conducted by clinical research teams that include research associates and other professionals.
A lot has been said and written about job opportunities in healthcare; specifically in clinical research. While knowing this is good, it is not enough.
If you are currently looking for a job, or are in your final graduation year, chances are you are already scouring the market for suitable jobs for you. But where do you look? How do you conduct your job search?
Terms like “Analytics” and “Data Science” have become buzz-words these days. Everyone wants to know about the next big trend in data, as well as how they can get involved – and who can blame them? Earlier this year Glassdoor published an article highlighting the 50 Best Jobs in America, according to the job openings that it sees. Data Science was on the top of the list. Also on that list were titles including Analytics Manager, Data Analyst, Data Engineer, and Business Analyst. So, clearly jobs dealing with data are in high-demand.
If you're looking for a job in clinical research field and just starting out, you've surely considered training. One google search on 'training in clinical research' yields many links of institutes offering clinical research training. Everyone wants your attention - from mom and pop training institutes to reputed universities to credible industry associations - and all are offering great options to pursue training in clinical research, which can serve as stepping stone to your desired role in clinical research.
Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) are responsible for engaging with the medical community and serve as a scientific resource to educate and advise on upcoming advances in pharmaceutical treatments. They fill an important role of scientific expertise and are required advanced scientific and academic training.
If you are a PhD reading this blog post, congratulations! Completing the course of study, the pedagogy, the thesis and dissertation – all that it takes to earn a PhD is truly worth acknowledgment.
If you're in academia, teaching or in research, and exploring career options, today there are many options where you can use your extensive research background, especially if you're a science graduate. All your skills and years of clinical experience offers tremendous competitive edge in some careers, and are easily transferable. One such career is Medical Science Liaison (MSL), ranked among the Top 10 Careers Alternative Careers for PhD Science graduates.
The global impact of data across academia and industry has given rise to multi-disciplinary professionals eager to gain necessary skills to make data-backed decisions. For healthcare and clinical research fields, the need for statistical and computational resources is even greater. No wonder then, that careers in clinical biostatistics and SAS programming are expected to grow by 20%, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.