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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.


    MedComms Networking - 06 February 2018

    Hi

    First, a big shout out to Fishawack Group, please, as they're now supporting our range of FirstMedcommsJob.com services - for wannabe #MedComms specialists everywhere. Kudos to all our Sponsors. Without them none of this would be possible. With them, everything is.

    Last week we announced our next FirstMedCommsJob.com: Meet the Agencies day, here in Oxford on 14 May. The format is designed to give delegates as much insight as possible into life in the different agencies and to be able to compare and contrast those working environments. This event is all about talking direct and in depth with the MedComms specialists about the practicalities of getting the first job and then of the working life in the agencies. There's a strict limit on numbers of delegates and we're already half full!

    This Thursday we're running a new workshop, Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect, which will be led by John Dixon and hosted by Media Contacts. That was fully booked almost as soon as we announced it and whilst we regard it as a trial, it looks certain we'll be running the workshops regularly in future.

    And having launched the first issue of our new careers guide about account management last month, we're now hard at work sorting out the next issue (the 10th!) of our original careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications. Space is running out fast, by the way, so if you want your agency to feature please let me know soon.

    All of this and more is well proven to help attract more good talented people to MedComms. And we need them. Still, the most frequent discussion I have is with agency folks who are struggling to find experienced staff. There's no shortage of positions. There is a shortage of candidates. I can't magically solve that problem (although hopefully our Jobs board helps) but attracting more people to MedComms must help.

    In that context it's interesting to study the results of our latest Annual Barometer. The results are freely available on our MedComms Networking Surveys page. The full data is available (N=376), and as in past years I have split out results from MedComms / Med Ed Agencies (N=197) and freelancers (N=124).

    I'd be curious to see more comments in our MedComms Networking Linkedin Group discussion. For me a couple of points stand out (accepting all the usual caveats and qualifications about this sort of data):

    Of 197 respondents currently working in a MedComms/Med Ed agency...

    ** 88% are satisfied or very satisfied in their current job

    ** 97% would recommend MedComms to others as a worthwhile career option

    So, it seems MedComms folks are generally happy folks! Long may it continue.

    Enjoy your week. But please take 5 minutes to complete the new survey from Adis, Springer Healthcare, to help inform our upcoming third MedComms Virtual event, Digital features in medical publications: Where are we now? Hopefully I'll be seeing you there.

    Cheers

    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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