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Hi, I am a clinical pharmacist looking at going into healthcare consulting, however I’m struggling on how to make the transfer. I know I have the transferable skills, however I’m struggling to sell my skills when I’m up against people who have had previous consulting experience. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi I’m a physician in the NHS whose trying to do the same thing. The biggest thing that made a difference to my CV (has started to gain me some interviews, including ones with big 4) was including a section called ‘change management’ essentially list projects / roles that you’ve been involved in that show those transferable skills / experience all in one east place. If you want any further help drop me a message :)

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Hi I’m also a physician in the NHS looking to make that jump. I couldn’t dm you. Is it possible to share some of your insight and resume tips? Many thanks!

I will say that making the distinction in your resume and leveraging your skillsets def helps but at the end of the day it's all about hands on experience. You should look into internships or shadowing to help get something solid on your resume.

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The hardest part is getting that first job in a consulting environment, then your past experience really shines. So to get that first job you pretty much need a hiring manager to take a chance on you so to do that you need to convince them you have transferable skills, but also that you’ve spent time reflecting on not only why you want to transition from what you’re in now but why you want to transition into that industry you’re applying to specifically, so you need to talk about what attracts you to that market and how you can add value with your past experience, for example you can talk about how working with patients directly has given you unique insights into the patients mindset and you use that in all your projects which really helps design and develop programs with a patient centered perspective ultimately contributing to its success. Then as mentioned above it’s good to show examples of how you’ve taken initiative to demonstrate that value in a related part time job or volunteer experience. I’d recommend breaking into medical writing, hiring in med Comms is big right now and then after it’s easier to transition into different kinds of roles in pharma consulting. Healthcare transformation is another good space for pharmacists, hope this helps and good luck!

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Hi, I’m currently making that change and what helped was including projects I’ve worked on in my cv, getting a referral if you know someone in that company also speeds up the process

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No, under every job I listed duties and achievements. I had a brief bio at the start of my cv which also addressed my suitability for the role. Try to be succinct when you do this as you don’t want a super long cv

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