Working on Client Projects: Big Pharma
The first client project I assisted with was with a major global pharmaceutical company. I was keen to assist on their wide-reaching research survey project as it was my first experience with a real client. With support from Conor, the statistician heading the project, I complied with client requests, making updates to the formatting of questionnaires across different languages. This gave me experience with data management, honing my eye for small details and ensuring I kept the updates consistent across different languages. Although challenging, it was a rewarding project to get stuck into and hear feedback from the client in real time. The tasks helped me find my feet with client work, as well as providing new opportunities for collaboration with other members of staff.
As my experience on this project grew, I was given the role of data manager. It became my job to delegate the tasks required by team lead Moira among myself and the rest of the graduate academy. I also got the opportunity to lead on some of the tasks, such as creating the database for the questionnaires, as well as dummy data to test this database. Taking the lead was another progression for me and having the extra responsibility was a significant confidence boost. I felt incredibly motivated to set tasks up for everyone to the best of my ability. This taught me a lot about leadership and team-working, especially how to collaborate successfully and efficiently on a project.