Is it really that bad to start out in pharma? Has anyone started out in pharma and moved onto non pharma agencies after?

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Internship in pharma is probably no big deal, but if you accept an offer and start there as a junior, it’s gonna be tough to get out. Only upside is the $$$, but beware you may get stuck.


In consumer pharma rn, hoping to move out as soon as my internship ends. Short answer, we're juniors so it's expected that all of our book is mostly spec work so no worries about having to put produced pharma work there. I've seen a few people do it before at higher ranks, and apparently it's much easier for juniors.

The real problem is that the industry has shrunk outside of Pharma, which has grown. Most jobs are Pharma and in house.

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