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Hey there, new and curious fish. Are you considering a position in pharma? Worried about how creative you can be? Thinking if the salary is worth it? Ask your questions about entering the world of healthcare advertising here and we’ll answer.

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Consider this a “megapost” for any questions about pharma in lieu of making your own post — there’s been a lot of content around entering the healthcare advertising industry during the pandemic as open jobs begin to shift. We’re here to help. 👍

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Hi👋🏻 I’m an AAE with experience on a retail brand, looking to make the jump to pharma... at my junior level, would agencies be willing to take the risk on my “transferable” experiences, even though I have no background in pharma? I just think it sounds interesting, I know the legal compliance element must be taxing but junior account management on a pharma account cant be that different from what I do (right)? Think anyone would be willing to take the risk, or am I trying to swim in the wrong pond?

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Early career is the time to try new things!

If you get into pharma and decide it’s not for you, what should you do to get into general market? Especially if pharma is the only experience you have at an agency?

I’ve worked in consumer and pharma and it has served me well to show both in my book. I think a lot of CDs look for campaigns and how well you execute in various forms.

Is pharma as recession proof as I keep hearing? My current agency has a lot of healthcare clients and although the work is slow in process it feels like it never ends. But we also mostly work on annual enrollment type campaigns. How is it on the other side? Did a lot of pharma agencies have layoffs during the pandemic? Will the election have a large affect in the industry?

Speaking for my own agency we did have layoffs/furloughs, but I know other pharma agencies did not. In fact some were the opposite, they’re out there hiring like crazy

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