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Discover the Top Pathways to a Career in Clinical Research

INSIGHTS FROM CLINICAL RESEARCH PROFESSIONALS

The life science sector is one of the most exciting and dynamic industries in the world. From pharmaceuticals to biotechnology and medical devices, this field is at the forefront of healthcare innovation, and there are many opportunities for students to build a career in this field.

So, how do people find their way into a career in clinical research? We asked our professional community, and here’s what they had to say.

It’s not surprising that many people in the life science sector found their way into their career through family and friends. For some, a family member or friend was already working in the industry and encouraged them to pursue a career in clinical research. Others had family members or friends who were patients and were inspired by the medical professionals who helped them.

The power of social networks is undeniable, and it seems that many people in the life science sector found their way into their career through their social network. This includes online communities like LinkedIn, where people can connect with others in the industry and learn about job opportunities and career paths.

Many people in the life science sector found their way into their career during their education, specifically while they were in university. This is not surprising, as universities often offer programs and courses in life sciences that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in clinical research.

While family and friends, social networks, and education were the top ways that people found their way into a career in clinical research, there were still some who found their path through other means. This could include attending job fairs, volunteering, or even stumbling upon a job listing online.

Regardless of how people found their way into their clinical research career, one thing is clear – there are many different paths to success in this field. If you’re a student interested in pursuing a career in the life sciences, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of success.

MAXIMIZING YOUR CAREER POTENTIAL IN CLINICAL RESEARCH

5 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS, INCLUDING NETWORKING, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, FLEXIBILITY, AND CLINICAL RESEARCH

NETWORK

Whether it’s through online communities like LinkedIn or in-person events like job fairs, networking is a key component of any successful career. Connect with others in the industry, ask questions, and learn as much as you can about the field. Feel free to connect with the VIARES team on our social media networks. LinkedInFacebook

GET EXPERIENCE

Experience is often the key to landing a job in the life sciences, so look for opportunities to gain experience while you’re still in school. This could include internships, volunteer work, or even participating in research projects.

STAY INFORMED

The life science sector is constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay informed about the latest developments in the industry. This could include reading industry publications, attending conferences, or even just following industry leaders on social media. Follow us and check in on our blogs for news.

BE FLEXIBLE

The life science sector is vast, and there are many different career paths to explore. Don’t be afraid to try something new or take a job that might not be exactly what you had in mind – it could lead to unexpected opportunities and a fulfilling career.

GET INFORMED WHAT CLINICAL RESEARCH IS ABOUT AND HOW IT COULD BECOME YOUR CAREER PATHWAY.

Before pursuing a career in clinical research, it’s important to have a solid understanding of what the field entails and how it fits into the larger healthcare industry. This could include learning about the drug development process, the regulations governing clinical trials, and the different roles and responsibilities within a clinical research team. Getting informed about the field will not only help you decide if it’s the right career path for you, but it will also demonstrate to potential employers that you are serious about your career goals. Check our free 10 minutes information course “Introduction to Clinical Research” for your personal orientation.

HOW TO SUCCEED

FROM FINDING YOUR WAY IN TO BUILDING A CAREER IN CLINICAL RESEARCH

In conclusion, there are many different ways to find your way into a career in clinical research, whether it’s through family and friends, social networks, education, or other means. Regardless of how you get your foot in the door, networking, gaining experience, staying informed, and being flexible are all important keys to success in the life science sector.

Hear from our Graduates

VIARES already supported 5,500+ talents from 100+ countries on all continents. Here is a Snapshot of Graduate Experience and how they benefited from our Clinical Research Training Courses and Job Support.

Izabela

Izabela

Clinical Trial Administrator, IQVIA

I wanted to progress in my career, as I already was working in the field of clinical research. For me the course was a great experience, I learned a lot. I was able to broaden my knowledge about clinical trials and now

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I feel prepared for the interviews and career steps to come! The teachers were extremely good trained and it was a pleasure to learn from them.

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Vassil

Vassil

Clinical Coordinator, KCR CRO

Proud to announce that I have passed the Final Exam on the VIARES Clinical Research Talent Program. I strongly recommend it to all people interested in the field of clinical trials. Of course many thanks to Dietmar Eglhofer for creating this program

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and all the great tutors: Eric Klaver, Gavin Chait and Gabriele Disselhoff.

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Shilpa

Shilpa

MSL Team Manager, Abbott

The VIARES Clinical Research Talent Program provided me a great opportunity to refresh and rebuild my clinical research skills and competencies. The program was well structured and covered the key aspects related to clinical research, drug

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development, ICH guidelines, and clinical research regulations. The self-learning modules, followed by live webinars led by subject matter experts, provided the participants a platform to understand the key concepts and engage in great dialogue and discussions. I thank VIARES for giving me this opportunity and highly recommend this program to professionals looking to start a career in clinical research.

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Iwona

Iwona

Clinical Trial Administrator, DOCS (ICON) with Janssen

VIARES Academy supported me at every step in my course and answered my questions instantly. Moreover the platform is very organized and I could find my way around very fast.

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The course content provided by the courses at VIARES have helped me to improve my knowledge at my current job as a clinical trials assistant.

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