Why did you choose to attend the Master in Drug Development and Product Management (DDPM)?
The biggest appeal for me was the comprehensive nature of the program design. I believed that covering everything from clinical trial design, HEOR, to pharmaceutical entrepreneurship would give me the tools to have a broad understanding of the drug development process and utilize my skillset in various roles.
What skills and proficiencies did you gain from this program and how did it benefit your career?
I knew my clinical skills would be helpful in finding a role in medical affairs or HEOR, but I did not have the specific skills needed to be successful in these roles without years of working in the industry with an entry-level role. By completing the program, I believe I gained the proficiencies and a close-knit network necessary to take on the next steps to finding my dream job in the industry.
Can you describe networking experiences that were initiated by the program?
I want to thank my professors, career advisor, and peers who guided me through the job searching. It is not the easiest transition from a clinical setting to an industry role, but with the help and guidance of those involved in the program, I got my “foot in the door” into the world of pharma.
What did you like best about the program?
My favorite part of the program was the insights I gained from guest lecturers who were leaders in their fields. Having access to those who come from a variety of backgrounds in the industry and being able to ask questions to those who were mentioned in our case study was an invaluable experience.
If you could give an incoming DDPM student one piece of advice, what would it be?
Network, network, network. I can’t emphasize how important having a wide network to support you is. I don’t consider myself a particularly extroverted person, but I think a little effort and practice helped me find those who guided me to where I am today. No discomfort, no expansion.