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How To Build A Successful Career In The Pharma Of Tomorrow

Megan Loffler October 6, 2021 55


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In this Podcast, Yan Kugel and our guest Megann Löffler talk about the new trends in the pharmaceutical industry, what you need to know about the market and what the companies are looking for. Her experience in the recruitment field enables her to give valuable insights that will help you build a successful career in the future.

 

Reading the article and listening to the Podcast, you will learn about:

 

Who Is Megan Löffler?

With an educational background in engineering coupled with an HR degree, Megann is currently working as a Talent Acquisition Manager at Headcount AG. It is a Zürich based consultancy serving clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology market segments. Megan has been working as a recruiter for six years, specializing in Pharma since the very start of her career. She is now building up her team within headcount and embracing management responsibilities and technical operations positions.

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Innovations in the Pharmaceutical Industry:

There’s a widespread belief that Life Science is an industry that moves slower than others. But it’s not true. In the past, the Industry was running on classical notions. Now, innovations and discoveries are being made every day, and the landscape is changing fast. So, the doors for recruitment for new people open very often.

Effect of New Developments on the Recruiting Process:

When we are talking about the recruiting process, there are two main things we encounter. One is the interest from the candidate’s side, and the second is the company’s need for that person. Because of all these pharmaceutical industry developments, fresh graduates do not necessarily need much knowledge or experience. The companies have to be flexible and willing to train people. Therefore, they look for people who have a similar background or transferable skills and then train them for the required skill.

1. Trends in the Industry:

There’s a trend in the fresh graduates for companies that focus on innovative technology rather than traditional methods. A lot of people go into one field with having some expectations from and after some time. They decide to change it.

On the employer’s side, things are changing as well. Companies that worked only in one specific area are now considering opening other units, mostly biotech. That opens up the possibilities for people who are just starting or an excellent opportunity for experts to occupy senior roles.

2. Importance of Beforehand Experience:

These companies are willing to train, but there are still some basic skills you must have. And having some background in the field would give you an edge. For that, you can take 3-month or 6-month courses that different universities are providing. This is advice to both those who are just starting and those who want to change their field.

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Challenges for the Newcomers and Veterans in the Industry:

The biggest challenge for employees these days is to have a background in the required field. It would be best if you stay up-to-date with the new developments in the industry. When a company opens its hiring process, it often needs someone with a particular background. They need people with specific experience already.

1. A Precarious Balance:

There’s a balance between what the company is willing to teach and what experience or skill you must have before joining it. If you are a fresh graduate and applying for junior roles, companies are more willing to invest in and train you. They’ll give courses in quality, the mechanism of the drug and the production, etc.

But if you’re a senior in the field, they have certain expectations from you. They are not that inclined to invest in you now. You must have a robust skillset already, to make a contribution almost from day one.

2. Flexibility in Your Career:

If you have specialized in multiple areas, you can choose from a wide variety of entry or middle-range roles.

But if you specialize in a particular area and have quite some experience, you’re more likely to be hired for your specialized skills. At this point, you have less freedom to choose what you want to do. But you’ll be well paid for what you can do with your acquired skill set.

3. Need to Stay Up-To-Date with Current Developments:

It is also important to keep taking new courses that the companies offer you as your career progresses. As an employee, you have a right to ask for that. The addition of these professional modules to your CV qualifies you for better jobs in the future. Taking technical, management, and scientific training during your career will open doors for you.

1. Candidates Should Also Know What They Want:

The candidates who come for the interview often ask too little about the company itself. It is a two-way process. Not only are you looking for a job, but the company is looking for a person too. The candidates don’t ask questions about the company’s goals, what the company needs, or their hopes.

Sometimes, the employers themselves forget that Recruitment is a two-way process. And the candidates feel that they don’t have the power to ask questions about the working environment. But you are entitled to know the team and understand the manager’s management style before you step into those roles. When you do that, the company will ask more about your preferences too.

2. How Consultants Help Candidates in the Recruitment:

So recruiters, like Löffler, are there to make you conscious of what is important to you. They give you guidance about which companies match more with your preferences. They also tell you which companies will not be an excellent fit for you. For example, if you want to overgrow in your career or want to be involved in many things, then a big company might not be suitable for you just now.

3. Who Should the Candidates Ask?

The candidates feel confused about whether to ask these questions from the consultant or the employer. There are companies that recruiters have worked with for several years. So they can answer most of the candidates’ questions about them. But with relatively newer companies they have limited knowledge.

Conclusion:

In the rapidly changing pharmaceutical industry landscape, we need to stay posted with new developments to stay afloat. We need to keep gathering more skills and experience as our career progresses. We should also know what empowers us as a candidate when we are applying for a job in the company. It is imperative to choose the right company for your current state of mind and what you need at this point of your career for future growth.

 

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Megan Loffler

With an educational background in engineering coupled with an HR degree, Megann is currently working as a Talent Acquisition Manager with big pharmaceutical companies. She has been working as a recruiter for 6 years, specializing in Pharma since the very start of her career. She is now building up her team within headcount and embracing management responsibilities and technical operations positions.

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