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Why I chose to pursue a career in Regulatory Affairs?

Category: R&D Regulatory Affairs | 13 comments

When I was in my second year in grad school, I started having a lot of thoughts on what I really wanted to do upon completion of my study. Don’t get me wrong – I love science. I enjoy learning about health, studying the molecular mechanisms of diseases, and performing my own research projects in a lab setting. In the meantime, however, my intellectual curiosity extends beyond merely science: public health, healthcare policies, socioeconomic issues, communication and so forth. Moreover, I am very much of an extrovert, a ‘people person’. I like to meet new people and I am a firm believer of the power of teamwork.

What do I want to do for my life? I asked this question to myself many times. After all the self-reflection, I know I wanted to do something where my book knowledge and skill sets can be applied, something that encompasses the broad interests I have, something that brings me personal satisfaction, something that helps realize my full potential, and something that gives meaning not just for me but also for others.  

Three months into my work as a Novo Nordisk Regulatory Affairs graduate, I know I made a great choice. I learned about different development projects in the company’s R&D pipeline (meaning exciting regulatory work years ahead!). I used my scientific knowledge to review and to give input on clinical documents. I worked on a few trial applications that involved countries in the midst of the global harmonization effort of regulatory activities (here comes the challenge in guideline interpretation!). I also took part in the New Drug Application (pre) submission phase of two valuable products developed by the company, where I gained hands-on experience in the regulatory procedures of different health authorities as well as how to communicate product values to the authorities.

All in all, I have been happy, challenged, and motivated. For those of you who have a Master’s degree in science or engineering, and if you are also interested in exploring areas interfacing science and other disciplines, Regulatory Affairs may be a very good area to pursue. If you want to hear more about it, feel free to let me know!

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13 Comments to Why I chose to pursue a career in Regulatory Affairs?

  1. Posted December 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
    Shania says:

    Love the way you mentioned you are the “people person”, working with fantastic people and learning developing in the process! This is one of the main reason I’m so keen on joining regulatory affairs!

  2. Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
    Mian says:

    Hi Shania,
    Thank you for your comment. I would certainly encourage you to apply for the RA program!
    Best,
    Mian

  3. Posted December 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink
    MADHURI MANNEM says:

    HI,

    I am Madhuri and having a Masters in Electrical engineering (Specialized in High Voltage engineering) i am very much interested to know what are the possible opportunities for Electrical engineering in
    novo nordisk.

    Thanks in advance!

    Madhuri

  4. Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink
    Mian says:

    Hi Madhuri,

    You can find more of our career opportunities via Novo Nordisk’s job site:
    http://www.novonordisk.com/careers/job_section/current_jobs.asp

    Best Regards,
    Mian

  5. Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink
    Sumona Dhara says:

    Hi Mian,

    Firstly, Wishing you n Novo Nordisk family a very Happy n prosperous New year. I have recently applied for the graduate programme but haven’t received the email confirmation of my application being submitted….so little bit worried. If you could help me n let me know whether my application is being received or not ….I would be really grateful to you.
    Thank you

    Regards,
    Sumona

  6. Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink
    Mian says:

    Hi Sumona,

    I have just checked our system and hereby confirm that your application has been received. You will be contacted soon after the application deadline if you have been chosen to proceed to the next step.

    Best Regards,
    Mian

  7. Posted January 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink
    PD says:

    Hi Mian,

    Thanks for your post. It was as informative as it was relatable. I love this program, because it gives many science graduates an opportunity to explore fields outside of academic research, which I find is uncommon, especially for recent graduates who have had very little work experience to be able to make career choices.

    Before I apply to this program, I am curious to know about work/project experience in Reglatory Affairs- if its a pre-requisite for applicant selection.I ask because Masters programs in Reg affairs are relatively new(in most countries) and a lot of Reg professions come from very different background and make their way into Reg Affairs in due course of time.
    How best can a recent graduate show interest in Regulatory Affairs? Is a convincing cover letter enough?

    Thanks in advance!

    PD

  8. Posted January 6, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink
    Mian says:

    Hi PD,

    Thank you for your comment. I agree with you on your understanding of the Novo Nordisk Graduate Program, and do think the beauty of this program, especially the RA track, is that it offers new science graduates a valuable insight of how it’s like to work in the industry and how their scientific understanding can facilitate delivery of a medicinal product to the market. As each goal/milestone gets realized at a faster pace than that of a progress can be made at a lab bench, one constantly feels the sense of achievement. Moreover, every new hire in the graduate program gets professional training and hands-on experience tailored to their own development goals.

    In response to your first question, previous RA experience is not a pre-requisite to the selection, neither do we require a degree in RA. Although the basics of RA and grounding knowledge of different regulatory bodies can be obtained through books, RA is an area where you learn by doing it – That’s why Novo Nordisk is offering the RA program, cuz it’s a great opportunity to learn, to contribute, and to develop.

    Regarding your second question, I’d like to leave it to yourself to figure out the ‘how’s :) Bear in mind that we want to know YOU besides that you already met all the hard criteria for the program; we want to know what has motivated you to join the RA profession and your value to us. One quick side note is that a complete application to the program consists of several parts, namely, a cover letter, a CV, and a few attachments, and that’s the order of the parts we review. Given the limited time we allocate to reading each application, you want to have all your points stated crystal clear and concisely.

    I hope you find above helpful. Feel free to ask if you have more questions. Good luck on your application!

    Sincerely,
    Mian

  9. Posted January 7, 2013 at 2:22 am | Permalink
    Pranav Patel says:

    Hi Mian,

    This comment is with respect to your comment on the parts of a complete application – cover letter (motivation letter), CV,and a few attachements.

    I was wondering what defines the phrase “few attachements”

    Thanks,
    Pranav

  10. Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink
    Mian says:

    Hi Pranav,

    It refers to the additional information you can add/upload when completing your online application, for instance, your transcript, recommendation letter, or any other info that may help your application.

    Hope it clarifies.

    Best,
    Mian

  11. Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink
    Sumona Dhara says:

    Hi Mian,

    Thank you so much for taking out your time and looking into this matter…I am so glad that my application is been received. And my sincere appreciation for the assistance provided by the graduate blog and the posted videos…..which are indeed interesting and informative. Additionally it has provided me with the confidence and motivation to go ahead and apply for this programme. As a matter of fact the RA post is the right choice for graduates (like me) who would like to fulfill their objective of developing as a prospective science professional by delving into other aspects of science. Moreover, the most appealing thing about this program is the three 8-month rotations designed to dovetail into present and future challenges in science while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills.

    Regards,
    Sumona

  12. Posted January 18, 2013 at 5:00 am | Permalink
    Pranav Patel says:

    Dear Mian,

    Thank you for the response! I deeply appreciate you taking out the time for the prospective graduates.

    Regards,
    Pranav

  13. Posted January 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
    Mian says:

    Dear Pranav,

    You are welcome. That’s what I’m here for :)

    Best,
    Mian

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