Hello again! I am super excited to be blogging for the RA Graduate programme again this year!
Since I have already touched on the how to apply and what we are looking for in an application in my previous post and Mian one of the RA graduates that started in 2012 has also written about how to write an awesome cover letter, I have decided to tell you more about my life as an RA Graduate.
In one of my previous posts ‘what does a regulatory affairs graduate do‘ I had mentioned that I was in my 2nd rotation as a Clinical Trial monitor in the UK and I was enjoying the new experience. However, within 2 months of my rotation, it was announced that the EU offices would undergo a huge restructuring, particularly in the UK and German offices. As a result of this announcement, my rotation manager understandably was busy dealing with the affect it would have on the department and there was less time to train me and set me up as an independent trial monitor.
The situation seemed dire until my graduate manager called me and asked if I would like to move to India for a few months since they needed help setting up a new process in the RA Global Service Centre in Bangalore. I jumped at the opportunity to embark on a new challenge!
Bangalore was a fantastic experience, professionally and personally. I was given the responsibility as a project manager to set up the process and the team that would do a technical check of all our regulatory files for future submissions. It was very different from the other tasks I have had and again it was a steep learning curve, this time on the publishing and compiling processes involved in a regulatory submission to the Health authorities. It was a life changing experience to get this large task as a graduate and it taught me a lot about LEANing a process, contingency planning and getting a team to work.
India was also a fascinating place. From the rickshaws and the temples, to the tea plantations and food it was a constant adventure. In the beginning there were as expected funny miscommunications but taking the time to understand the culture and interacting with my colleagues, made things easier. I even held a workshop to better the communication between India and Denmark, and the cultural and communication knowledge I have gained will be useful in any future career in a global workplace.
The experience also helped me decide what career to pursue after the RA Graduate programme, but that’s a story for another day :)
I am always open to questions about applying and the RA Graduate programme so please do not hesitate to contact me!
Good luck applying!