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MedComms Networking - 05 April 2016
Life could be worse - today I'm working from Alderney looking out on a glorious view of gannets flying over a sparkling sea. Isn't technology great? Who needs to be in the office? From the number of OOO auto-responders last week it seemed that most of this MedComms community was on holiday and may still be so at the moment, though I guess that will provoke squeals of indignation from those of you who have been left working hard at your desks. One of the common questions we get asked at our Careers events is about what to expect of the work-life balance in MedComms. And a common question debated at our Freelancer workshops is how to get a better balance. I know MedComms can be pretty intensive and I know lots of people who work very hard at times, but overall it seems to me the days of "Sweat Shops" are gone and that overall MedComms offers a pretty good opportunity to maintain a reasonably good work-life balance. Let's face it the financial rewards can be very good, the work fulfilling and just think of all those glamorous places you get to visit with your trusted laptop in your bag. No? What do you think? How would you respond to someone looking to start at entry level in the MedComms business? Add your own thoughts to my new discussion in the MedComms Networking Linkedin Group.
Last week I posted the online version of the 2016 issue of our annual Careers Guide, From academic to medical writer: A guide to getting started in medical communications, which is freely available to all. It was great to see a number of people then sharing the news on Linkedin, on Facebook and on Twitter and so on. Just think, though, what would happen if you all shared the news? Go on, take two minutes and do it. At least just like/comment/share my own Linkedin update. Let's see a wave of optimism spread across the MedComms community today!
Meanwhile, here's some useful reading for your next tea break or cocktail hour.
Ashfield Healthcare Communications recently published a new white paper; The formula to successful scientific meetings
Why Pharma Needs a Virtual Conferencing Roadmap, which was posted by Len Starnes today on Linkedin
The New(ish) Kids on the Block - Touring the Megajournals from The Scholarly Kitchen today
And some upcoming events to check out:
This week Lumi are running free meetings in Manchester (6 April) and London (8 April)
Next week, of course, is the 12th Annual Meeting of ISMPP - keep an eye on the Twitter hashtag #ISMPP
in May we have the 42nd EMWA Conference
and you still have time to book a place at the 13th EASE Conference in June at Early Bird prices!
And here's a survey to join in with:
2016 Useful Software and Equipment for Medical Writers from Emma Nichols
Have a good week everyone and stay safe. I'm off now for a chat with the Puffins.
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