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My Journey To Little Journey ~ MedComms Day 2023

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

✍🏻 Grace Pountney | Medical Content Writer at Little Journey

 

Happy #MedComms Day!


MedComms Day is all about celebrating working life in and around medical communications.


It is a day to showcase the amazing talent within the field of MedComms, and the amazing work different individuals and organisations do to support their clients and impact the world of healthcare!



Share your work, your interest in MedComms, or something silly! Be creative and go crazy!


Remember to use the hashtag: #MedComms

 

Hey, everyone! Grace here!


I am the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Grace Writes, a platform where we produce informative science, careers, and medical communications (MedComms) articles, powered by a voluntary team of aspirational writers.


Alongside this, I am a Medical Content Writer at Little Journey and I have recently completed my BSc Microbiology (with Industrial Placement) degree at the University of Leeds.


 


For #MedComms Day, I was incredibly lucky to be interviewed by NetworkPharma Ltd Director, Peter Llewellyn, about my journey into MedComms, role at Little Journey, and Grace Writes!


Watch the video:


Listen to the podcast:


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In light of #MedComms Day I wanted to share my experiences of the content writer recruitment process at Little Journey; in other words, how I went from applying to securing the role!

 

Why did you apply to Little Journey?


Having been actively interested in pursuing a MedComms career for the last three years, when I came across an exciting medical content writing role, for a rapidly growing digital health start-up, I jumped at the opportunity!


I loved the sound of Little Journey and the role; they really excited me and honestly, seemed like a perfect fit.


 

Where did you see the job advert?

Grace Pountney, our Editor-in-Chief, at a Little Journey workshop at Leeds City College

I first came across the role on LinkedIn and after reading the job description and checking out the company profile, I felt excitement building up inside of me, desperate to apply. It encompassed my three passions in life: science and health, content creation and writing, and supporting children.



Furthermore, the start-up nature of the company sparked my entrepreneurial spirit. I met all of the essential job requirements, including the desirable requirement of a year’s experience in healthcare communications (thanks to my industrial placement). Additionally, since I was in my final semester at university, I was on my way to securing a degree in a scientific subject (another desirable requirement).


 

How did you apply for the role?


Whilst I met all the essential job requirements, the job description stated the role was for immediate start, full-time, which was a bit of an issue as I was still at university at this time. But this didn’t deter me.


I reached out to the company via their website, explaining that I was still finishing up my degree but had a very keen interest in the role and had a lot of relevant experience.


 

What did the recruitment process involve?

1. CV & Cover Letter

Having inserted a link to my LinkedIn page when I reached out to Little Journey, a few days later, I received a LinkedIn message from Little Journey’s Editor-in-Chief, Libby (who is now my manager), asking to arrange a phone call in the following week.


Little Journey was keen for the person who got the role to start as soon as possible but they could accommodate any time off I needed for university, such as my final few sessions on campus and my final exams (at this point I had submitted almost all of my coursework pieces).


She also requested a CV and cover letter; I tailored these to the role and company, and checked clarity, structure, and spelling, punctuation, and grammar (SPAG). This is crucial when applying for any role, especially a writing job.

2. Phone Interview

3. Writing Task

4. Virtual Interview

 

How did you feel when you found out you had got the role?


Just a few hours after the virtual interview I got an email from Libby, stating that I was the last candidate they had interviewed and so they were able to make a quick decision.


I had got the job!

I was absolutely over-the-moon, and I couldn’t hold back the tears! At the time I was with my boyfriend on a late and quiet train back home after visiting our families, so I tried to suppress my tears and excitement, but it was emotional.


Grace Pountney, Editor-in-Chief at Grace Writes at Working in and around #medcomms day




Over the past few years, I have spent countless hours attending careers and MedComms (include company-run) events and webinars (online and in-person), working hard on my placement year to develop my skills, developing my personal brand on LinkedIn, running educational platforms (Bio Brigade and Career Junkie (now Grace Writes)), working multiple jobs at one time at my university, and researching companies and writing

roles.





By no means am I saying you need to do all that to get a job in medcomms or as a writer producing scientific or medical content for a company, but I really have worked hard to set myself up and work out that medical content writing was the right route for me.


After all this, I have landed an absolute dream of a role with an amazing company. I couldn’t be happier. You really can achieve anything you set your mind to and work hard for.

 

How can aspirational writers contact you?


Feel free to reach out to me via LinkedIn if you want any advice or support, or would like to hear more about my professional journey.


If you want to practice your writing, receive feedback, and get your work published, ask to join the growing voluntary team at Grace Writes today by sending us a message on LinkedIn or contacting us on our website! Our writers choose their own topics and deadlines, to tailor their portfolios and fit their writing in around other commitments.


Good luck with your journey into medical/scientific communications!

Get in touch today!


 
Mandy Pickersgill, Clinical Lead for Pathology at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Written by: Grace Pountney (Editor-in-Chief)

 

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So exciting to read about Grace's journey!

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