On 19th June 2019, BREATH and the School of Pharmacy with TEVA UK were delighted to host a one-day interactive training session entitled “Pharmaceutical Industry in Action”, focused on enhancing understanding of how the pharmaceutical industry operates. This event included workshops to empower and educate attendees while also advancing their understanding of roles and career opportunities within the industry.
The event, held in the Great Hall as part of the BREATH Annual Conference programme, welcomed over 60 undergraduate and post-graduate students and post-doctoral staff from the BREATH partners (QUB, Dundalk Institute of Technology and the University of the West of Scotland) and the Schools of Pharmacy, Biological Sciences and Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences, QUB. TEVA UK provided nine senior managers and directors from across the UK to act as facilitators for the event who offered information and advice on a number of different business areas from within the company. Attendees had the unique opportunity to ask questions and engage with the TEVA speakers who shared details of their personal career journeys and current job responsibilities. A number of fun learning and development tasks were also incorporated into the session.
To complement the speakers from industry we were also delighted to have Lesley Edgar, Implementation Facilitator, Northern Ireland HSC Directorate, NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence), speak to the audience about the role of NICE and the various resources that are available in regard to health standards, guidance and advice.
At the end of the event, attendees reported that they were now more aware about how the healthcare sector interacts with the pharmaceutical industry and importantly, for the personal and professional development of attendees, where current skill sets could be advanced to support knowledge and potential future career choices. Feedback also showed that attendees were now more aware of the array of roles within industry that would be applicable to their skills and the range of opportunities for career development. Many highlighted that it had strengthened their understanding of the importance of identifying and exploiting transferable skills, particularly those gained from studying for a PhD, and were now more open to exploring the range of career opportunities offered by industry.
Professor Lorraine Martin (BREATH PI) with members of the TEVA UK team at the Pharmaceutical Industry in Action event, Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast on 19th June 2019.
Amy Dymond (Senior Marketing Manager) and Alastair McBride (Regional Sales Manager) leading sessions at the Pharmaceutical Industry in Action Event.
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