Any account ppl here make the move to pharma? What’s the process like? Where did you go and what title did you start with ?

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I’ve been in pharma for almost my entire 16+ year career. I’ve seen people join pharma at various levels of their careers. Here is my recommendation...
Network.
Network.
Find a way in.
Once in, become indispensable.

The more senior you become, the harder it can be to break in. The learning curve also increases as you gain seniority, causing an often inherent, frustrating challenge.

If you’re serious and interested, ask more questions, find out more about healthcare agencies. Is there a mentor that can assist you? What/where is your ‘ideal' agency? Ask yourself: how do I fit?

Work on your resume, identify strengths that align with a pharma agency. Be prepared to start at either your AE level, or an Account Coordination level, depending where you go. Then, jump in ready to help wherever possible <this is important. Let your strong work ethic outshine your lack of pharma experience and before you know it, you’ll be speaking the lexicon and knowing all the acronyms. You’ll gain exposure within the agency. Then you’ll prove yourself up for the next challenge and get promoted. How far you go from there is up to you!

Good luck!

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I am also interested in moving to Phama. I’ve been reading extensively to learn about the FDA regulations for different types of deliverables and the MLR process. It’s been helpful during interviews although no job offer yet

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More than happy to chat with you both privately. Been in pharma my entire career. Tried non pharma for six months and wasn’t challenged enough. It can be a great experience if you are open to it. And always challenging

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