I’m Andrea Plant, the Scientific Development Director at Caudex. I work mainly from home in the beautiful Cotswolds.
After a few increasingly frustrating and unfulfilling post-doc positions, I decided to try my hand at Medical Writing on the suggestion of a friend who worked in the pharma industry (she reckoned I had a flair for writing after pinching my lecture notes at Uni.). After a few years at one agency, I joined Caudex as a Senior Medical Writer. I was looking to work in a larger agency that specialized in publications and Caudex had a good reputation.
I joined Caudex fully expecting to stay for a couple of years and then to move on, as that seems to be the standard in this industry, but 11 years later I’m still taking on new challenges and helping to grow the agency.
What’s made me stay? I haven’t felt that I needed to leave in order to take the next step in my career. Caudex has always offered opportunities to develop new skills and to take on new challenges. Early in 2018, I took up the newly created position of Scientific Development Director, which provided a rare opportunity to step away from delivery to focus on the recruitment, training and development of our talented Scientific Services team. I guess I’m an academic at heart and I find helping others to reach their full potential highly rewarding.
Caudex has evolved over the years and I’ve really enjoyed seeing it positively develop into a place that really values its people. Several years ago, we took the rather radical step of welcoming full-time homeworkers. This decision has enabled us to recruit and retain some excellent staff while allowing them to live and work where they choose. Our homeworkers are fully integrated team members who have the same opportunities as those based in an office – this is just one example of how we aim to give Caudexians a good work–life balance. For me, working from home means more time to do the things I love – swimming, running, yoga (none of them terribly well), spending time with my rescue dog, and taming my new garden.
If I were to give anyone advice about exploring the competitive world of medical communications, it would be to look for opportunities to gain relevant experience for the role you want, whether that be through university societies, voluntary work or other means. Your CV needs to stand out! Good luck!
Andrea and her colleagues will be attending a MedComms Networking and Careers Event on the 27th June in London. To register for this free event, email Peter Llewellyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.