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Leverage Your Technical Knowledge And Writing Skills To Get Into A Top Paying Medical Writing Position

Introducing The Medical Writing Organization By CSA

The Medical Writing Organization, or MWO, will ensure you get into a high paying, flexible Medical Writing career that will allow you to communicate your technical expertise and express yourself creatively. The MWO program leaders and board members are all certified and award winning writers who will train you in the process of understanding the Medical Writing field, passing difficult Medical Writing interview tests, and getting into the right Medical Writing career for you, no matter your background or native language. This is the only program specifically for PhDs and designed specifically by PhDs currently working in top Medical Writing roles.

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Success Stories

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist
Itron

The postdoc position I was at didn't really provide the kind of professional support and resources that I needed. CSA provided concrete guidance. It definitely provided me with a network, it provided me with a way to forge my own path.

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

R&D Engineering
B9Creations, LLC

Having a strategy that helps motivate you and takes you through these steps and also helps you realize how much help you can get, it's really overwhelming at first. There's so much positive help. Just the private group by itself is worth the investment and worth the time.

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Senior MSL
NS Pharma

The biggest struggles I had were just finding resources and people to talk to. I thought the private group was one of the best things about joining the Association. It's a place where people are lifting each other up and helping each other and that was great.

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Technician/Scientist
Transpharmation Ireland

I started following Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and was receiving a lot of really useful information like the CV Guide, the Transferable Skills Guide. One of the people on the team was very responsive to my emails, very interested in my personal situation, and she then sent me the Industry Guide, which was extremely helpful. I had no idea what positions were out there or where to start.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Robert Hable, PhD

Robert Hable, PhD

PhD LDP
BASF

I was very stuck in academia. My mental health was at its lowest point - I had a hopeless mindset. CSA gave me hope that there was more outside of academia. The Association provided a great road map to career success.

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Recruitment Officer
Emeritus Research

I knew that I needed to have aa well-developed strategy in order to be successful. When I joined the Association, I was very far off from a real job search. But having access to CSA's network was huge.

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Pharmacology/Toxicology Reviewer
FDA

I just went for it. I said, if I'm not going to invest in myself, no one else is going to. I'm going to take a chance and see what this is all about. Maybe I'll learn a little bit, maybe I'll learn a lot, who knows. And within a couple of days I knew I made the right decision.

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Editor
Royal Society of Chemistry

Cheeky Scientist and Isaiah really helped me to see that I did have value, and I did have value for companies outside of doing just bench research. Because I'd really come to the conclusion that that was not something I wanted to do, but I struggled that I didn't have the skills to do anything else. In academia I had no work/life balance, and in joining Cheeky Scientist I gained that work/life balance back.

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Research Scientist
Estée Lauder

I'm very, very happy with my overall experience with the Cheeky Scientist Association. For me, joining the Association was the perfect timing when I was trying to get into industry. It was the perfect place at the perfect time to start learning how to effectively transition into the private sector.

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Celegene

I got an offer about two weeks ago and I’m transitioning to a Medical Science Liaison role. It was a good break for me, but I couldn't have done it without Cheeky Science Association and all the guidance and the blueprint they provided for me.

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Research Scientist
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

I've always been a lifelong academic, and I was just ready to break out of the ivory tower and do more meaningful and more impactful work. Having access to all the Cheeky Scientist resources enabled me to immediately take the actions that would lead to my eventual job offer.

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Research Scientist
IHRC

First, what I really liked about Cheeky Scientist was how supportive everybody is. All the materials were great, but I think the one thing that really stuck with me was the transition plan. It really lets you look at yourself where you are now, and look at where you want to go, and then develop a strategic plan to get to that point.

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Shire Pharmaceutical

I was finishing a training grant and had started looking for industry jobs, and was getting absolutely nowhere. So I started looking around for recruiters or anybody I could talk to to get training on how to make that transition. [Cheeky Scientist's] focus on how to make an industry resume instead of an academic resume, seeing the before and after of my resume, there was a big divide between what I was putting out and what I should've been putting out.

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Executive Director of Research and Planning
American Campus Mauritius

The first thing that struck me was that I'm not the only one who has been in this situation. You really feel connected right away. There were so many people already in the Cheeky Scientist Association with experience I could learn from.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Equity Research Biotech
H.C. Wainwright & Co.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association and after joining the Association, there were two Anandas. Things changed very fast when I joined Cheeky, and the networking platform Cheeky has is excellent. I got really inspired, because you see so many people like you who are coming together and trying to help each other. Also the entire support staff is excellent.

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Clinical Project Manager

I was confident in my networking and my ability to speak with people outside of academia, but I had a lot of work to do to get my academic skill sets and my research translated into a very non-academic, non-research role. The other part was LinkedIn. I hadn't put a lot of thought into how important it was, and it turned out to be probably the most important tool.

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist
Meso Scale Diagnostics

I've gone to so many great meetups where I've gotten great pieces of advice that I've been able to implement, they've introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It's really encouraging, when it's a difficult time in your career and you're not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Irene Minkina, PhD

Irene Minkina, PhD

Medical Writer II
Clinical Thinking (Nucleus Global)

My biggest challenge was my mindset. My mindset was basically that I was garbage outside of academia, frankly. I didn't think I could do anything else, I didn't think I had transferable skills. I had an extremely limiting set of beliefs before I joined. It's not about your little tiny thing that you research, it's about all those transferable skills that any Ph.D. acquires as they go through their program.

Asjad Ali, PhD

Asjad Ali, PhD

Plant Breeder
Department of Primary Industries

My main challenges were my CV, networking, and having confidence in your PhD when looking for industry positions. I gained a lot of confidence from reading the materials from the Cheeky Scientist Association and talking with the support team.

Airama Albisa, PhD

Airama Albisa, PhD

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Farmhispania Group. S.L.

For me the Association was helpful because I was able to see all the different paths available, other than just working in the lab. The private group was great because of all the information there, as well as the support from all the other people facing the same challenges you are.

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Senior Knowledge Partner
Innoplexus

The primary difficulty I faced was not being able to get my resume through to HR. I would post my resume on a careers website or on the company's website itself, and I would never hear back. The Cheeky Scientist materials were incredibly helpful, especially in making my resume and LinkedIn profile.

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Model Design Consultant
Taconic Biosciences

After doing postdocs for many years I realized that I am more inclined toward industry positions, but I really didn't know how to find a job. After joining the Association I was surprised to find a lot of people like me. I gained a lot of confidence and felt like I was not the only postdoc having these problems.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison at
Biotheranostics, Inc.

Here I am with an offer for an MSL position. Words can not describe the rewarding feeling you have when you finally land the job that you have always wanted. This has been quite a journey, with many challenges and rejections, but being persistent and focusing on my goal has led me here. Special thanks to my MSLA comrades [in CSA].

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Business Development Manager
CRO

Before joining Cheeky Scientist I didn't know how I was going to do this. Where do I even begin? So I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and on LinkedIn and I thought, maybe I should give it a shot. It was a leap of faith but I did it anyway, and I'm so grateful I did.

Nick Allen, PhD

Nick Allen, PhD

Application Scientist
Abacus dx

My biggest reservation was the misconception that I'd be turning my back on what I'd been doing for almost a decade, but that really hasn't been the case. A lot of the skills that I picked up during my studies have definitely helped me during this transition. I haven't been lacking in intellectual challenge in my new role, which was another thing I was quite afraid of.

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Analytical Scientist
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

The private group was the biggest plus that Cheeky Scientist offered. It was so supportive, so dynamic, and willing to help at a moment's notice. You can get 24/7 feedback on any material that you want feedback on, you can contribute and help other people, so it's such an amazing network.

About The MWO

As soon as you become an MWO member, you get access to the MWO training dashboard, which includes 6 training modules with 60+ training videos, 12 advanced training workbooks, an exclusive collection of writing tests and editing tests, and interviews with top Medical Writers and Editors in industry. You also get lifetime access to a private job referral network of Medical Writers and Medical Writing hiring managers and guaranteed instant feedback from these Medical Writers 24/7 on any job search-related question so you can get hired as a Medical Writer now.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive from The MWO...

Module #1 Part One: Who Hires Medical Writers? Part Two: Medical Writing Positions

This module helps you to expand your horizons. You’ll learn the positions this field supports—as well as which types of organizations need the expertise of medical writing professionals.

  • Start with a solid definition of medical writing. Before diving into a list of your potential employers, Evguenia will explain three teleological types of medical writing.
  • Prepare to be surprised by the variety of job opportunities. Your course doesn’t just address the traditional medical writing position. It also covers positions like that of a content editor…and even an event planner! This module will demonstrate just how broad the medical writing industry really is.
  • Understand important nuances. Find clarity on what makes medical writing distinct from academic writing. Evguenia will also explain why content writing and copywriting aren’t the same tasks.

Module #2 Part One: Types of Medical Writing Part Two: Medical Writer’s Lifestyle

While the first module helped you understand the basics of medical writing, this module dives deeper into the details of the industry. Thanks to this module, you can…

  • Create a short-list of potential positions to apply for. After this module, you may decide that creating regulatory documents is the right fit for you. Or you might discover that you want to play a role in improving physician education. You may even decide that medico-marketing best suits your creative skills.
  • Learn about the financial incentives in medical writing. You’re not attracted to medical writing for the paycheck. But that doesn’t mean you can’t receive a handsome compensation. In this module, you’ll get a granular look at salary information from North America, Europe, and Australia.
  • Better understand how to assimilate into the medical writing culture. Like many industries, medical writing has its own cultural vibe. In this module, we’ll help you know what to expect…so you’re prepared to interact with medical writing colleagues.

Module #3 Part One: Medical Writing Skills Part Two: Becoming An Expert

Becoming a successful medical writer doesn’t stop with knowing what position uniquely fits your interests. In this module, we tackle the skills you should have and the resources you should explore. Dive in to…

  • Learn the number-one skill for becoming a professional medical writer. We’ll also list a number of other important characteristics, including skills that will serve you well if you move into management.
  • Discover reputable resources for additional education. When you sign up for the Medical Writing Organization, you’ll discover resources to explore for informing your writing and strengthening your industry knowledge.
  • Get a start-to-finish overview of a medical writing project. When you’re new to medical writing, you may wonder what it looks like to manage a medical writing project. In this module, you’ll see an example of how a medical writing project might unfold.

Module #4 Applying For A Medical Writing Job

If you want to become a medical writer, it’s important to know which factors can distinguish you from other candidates. This module prepares you to demonstrate why you’re worth hiring.

  • Discover why LinkedIn is especially beneficial for medical writers. We’ll show you how to leverage this platform while avoiding common mistakes that can work against you in your job search. We’ll also address reputation management when it comes to social media.
  • See how to strategically improve your portfolio and industry experience. This module reveals how to provide tangible proof of your writing skills…even if you feel like you’re starting from scratch. From guest blogging to volunteering, we’ll help you explore different avenues for proving your value.
  • Career ideas for PhDs who know a second language. If you’re not originally from an English-speaking country, you’ll want to check out this module—because we’re sharing how your bilingual capabilities can mesh with your new career.

Module #5 Part One: Writing Tests Part Two: Editing Tests

When you’re applying for medical writing jobs, successfully acing interviews isn’t your only concern. You’ll need to be prepared for a writing test—and perhaps an editing test. It’s a task that can easily wrack your nerves…if you’re unprepared. In this module, you can…

  • Discover potential employer expectations. Your course will help you understand what an organization’s potential criteria might be. (Hint: It isn’t simply having good writing skills and a scientific background.)
  • Complete five medical writing assignments. The writing tests in this module are designed to mimic assignments you might encounter. As you complete these assignments, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills…before you experience the pressure of an actual evaluation.
  • Tackle three editing assignments. As we already mentioned previously, an editing test may be required to land a position. This module contains content that requires an editor’s skill—putting your acumen in communications to the test!

Module #6 Medical Writing Career Progression

Once you’ve landed your first medical writing job, you’ll eventually need to look beyond your current position to your next career steps. This module helps you do just that …

  • Take a broad look at life after an entry-level position. With this module, you’ll understand the organizational hierarchy in medical writing, industry terms for different positions, and how many years you might expect at each phase in your journey.
  • Read about positions available outside of organizations. We’ll examine both freelancing as well as launching an official medical writing business. If you’re considering opportunities that offer more autonomy, pay special attention to Evguenia’s insights—as she’s a freelancer herself.
  • Get additional advice for medical writers. Evguenia will explain the impact that time management has on so many facets of your career and highlight the benefit of being involved in the medical writing community.

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The #1 Medical Writing Training Program For PhDs

This program will ensure you get into a high paying, flexible Medical Writing career that will allow you to communicate your technical expertise and express yourself creatively.

The MWO program leaders and board members are all certified and award-winning writers who will train you in the process of understanding the Medical Writing field, passing difficult Medical Writing interview tests, and getting into the right Medical Writing career for you, no matter your background or native language. This is the only program specifically for PhDs and designed specifically by PhDs currently working in top Medical Writing roles.

Success Stories

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist
Itron

The postdoc position I was at didn't really provide the kind of professional support and resources that I needed. CSA provided concrete guidance. It definitely provided me with a network, it provided me with a way to forge my own path.

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

R&D Engineering
B9Creations, LLC

Having a strategy that helps motivate you and takes you through these steps and also helps you realize how much help you can get, it's really overwhelming at first. There's so much positive help. Just the private group by itself is worth the investment and worth the time.

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Senior MSL
NS Pharma

The biggest struggles I had were just finding resources and people to talk to. I thought the private group was one of the best things about joining the Association. It's a place where people are lifting each other up and helping each other and that was great.

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Technician/Scientist
Transpharmation Ireland

I started following Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and was receiving a lot of really useful information like the CV Guide, the Transferable Skills Guide. One of the people on the team was very responsive to my emails, very interested in my personal situation, and she then sent me the Industry Guide, which was extremely helpful. I had no idea what positions were out there or where to start.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Robert Hable, PhD

Robert Hable, PhD

PhD LDP
BASF

I was very stuck in academia. My mental health was at its lowest point - I had a hopeless mindset. CSA gave me hope that there was more outside of academia. The Association provided a great road map to career success.

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Recruitment Officer
Emeritus Research

I knew that I needed to have aa well-developed strategy in order to be successful. When I joined the Association, I was very far off from a real job search. But having access to CSA's network was huge.

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Pharmacology/Toxicology Reviewer
FDA

I just went for it. I said, if I'm not going to invest in myself, no one else is going to. I'm going to take a chance and see what this is all about. Maybe I'll learn a little bit, maybe I'll learn a lot, who knows. And within a couple of days I knew I made the right decision.

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Editor
Royal Society of Chemistry

Cheeky Scientist and Isaiah really helped me to see that I did have value, and I did have value for companies outside of doing just bench research. Because I'd really come to the conclusion that that was not something I wanted to do, but I struggled that I didn't have the skills to do anything else. In academia I had no work/life balance, and in joining Cheeky Scientist I gained that work/life balance back.

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Research Scientist
Estée Lauder

I'm very, very happy with my overall experience with the Cheeky Scientist Association. For me, joining the Association was the perfect timing when I was trying to get into industry. It was the perfect place at the perfect time to start learning how to effectively transition into the private sector.

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Celegene

I got an offer about two weeks ago and I’m transitioning to a Medical Science Liaison role. It was a good break for me, but I couldn't have done it without Cheeky Science Association and all the guidance and the blueprint they provided for me.

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Research Scientist
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

I've always been a lifelong academic, and I was just ready to break out of the ivory tower and do more meaningful and more impactful work. Having access to all the Cheeky Scientist resources enabled me to immediately take the actions that would lead to my eventual job offer.

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Research Scientist
IHRC

First, what I really liked about Cheeky Scientist was how supportive everybody is. All the materials were great, but I think the one thing that really stuck with me was the transition plan. It really lets you look at yourself where you are now, and look at where you want to go, and then develop a strategic plan to get to that point.

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Shire Pharmaceutical

I was finishing a training grant and had started looking for industry jobs, and was getting absolutely nowhere. So I started looking around for recruiters or anybody I could talk to to get training on how to make that transition. [Cheeky Scientist's] focus on how to make an industry resume instead of an academic resume, seeing the before and after of my resume, there was a big divide between what I was putting out and what I should've been putting out.

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Executive Director of Research and Planning
American Campus Mauritius

The first thing that struck me was that I'm not the only one who has been in this situation. You really feel connected right away. There were so many people already in the Cheeky Scientist Association with experience I could learn from.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Equity Research Biotech
H.C. Wainwright & Co.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association and after joining the Association, there were two Anandas. Things changed very fast when I joined Cheeky, and the networking platform Cheeky has is excellent. I got really inspired, because you see so many people like you who are coming together and trying to help each other. Also the entire support staff is excellent.

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Clinical Project Manager

I was confident in my networking and my ability to speak with people outside of academia, but I had a lot of work to do to get my academic skill sets and my research translated into a very non-academic, non-research role. The other part was LinkedIn. I hadn't put a lot of thought into how important it was, and it turned out to be probably the most important tool.

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist
Meso Scale Diagnostics

I've gone to so many great meetups where I've gotten great pieces of advice that I've been able to implement, they've introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It's really encouraging, when it's a difficult time in your career and you're not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Irene Minkina, PhD

Irene Minkina, PhD

Medical Writer II
Clinical Thinking (Nucleus Global)

My biggest challenge was my mindset. My mindset was basically that I was garbage outside of academia, frankly. I didn't think I could do anything else, I didn't think I had transferable skills. I had an extremely limiting set of beliefs before I joined. It's not about your little tiny thing that you research, it's about all those transferable skills that any Ph.D. acquires as they go through their program.

Asjad Ali, PhD

Asjad Ali, PhD

Plant Breeder
Department of Primary Industries

My main challenges were my CV, networking, and having confidence in your PhD when looking for industry positions. I gained a lot of confidence from reading the materials from the Cheeky Scientist Association and talking with the support team.

Airama Albisa, PhD

Airama Albisa, PhD

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Farmhispania Group. S.L.

For me the Association was helpful because I was able to see all the different paths available, other than just working in the lab. The private group was great because of all the information there, as well as the support from all the other people facing the same challenges you are.

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Senior Knowledge Partner
Innoplexus

The primary difficulty I faced was not being able to get my resume through to HR. I would post my resume on a careers website or on the company's website itself, and I would never hear back. The Cheeky Scientist materials were incredibly helpful, especially in making my resume and LinkedIn profile.

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Model Design Consultant
Taconic Biosciences

After doing postdocs for many years I realized that I am more inclined toward industry positions, but I really didn't know how to find a job. After joining the Association I was surprised to find a lot of people like me. I gained a lot of confidence and felt like I was not the only postdoc having these problems.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison at
Biotheranostics, Inc.

Here I am with an offer for an MSL position. Words can not describe the rewarding feeling you have when you finally land the job that you have always wanted. This has been quite a journey, with many challenges and rejections, but being persistent and focusing on my goal has led me here. Special thanks to my MSLA comrades [in CSA].

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Business Development Manager
CRO

Before joining Cheeky Scientist I didn't know how I was going to do this. Where do I even begin? So I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and on LinkedIn and I thought, maybe I should give it a shot. It was a leap of faith but I did it anyway, and I'm so grateful I did.

Nick Allen, PhD

Nick Allen, PhD

Application Scientist
Abacus dx

My biggest reservation was the misconception that I'd be turning my back on what I'd been doing for almost a decade, but that really hasn't been the case. A lot of the skills that I picked up during my studies have definitely helped me during this transition. I haven't been lacking in intellectual challenge in my new role, which was another thing I was quite afraid of.

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Analytical Scientist
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

The private group was the biggest plus that Cheeky Scientist offered. It was so supportive, so dynamic, and willing to help at a moment's notice. You can get 24/7 feedback on any material that you want feedback on, you can contribute and help other people, so it's such an amazing network.

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$80,000 Average annual Medical Writer salary (American Medical Writers Association)
11%* Predicted growth in technical writer roles over the decade (Bureau of Labor Statistics) * faster than the average
€45,000 Average annual medical writer salary (European Medical Writers Association)
$71,850 Median technical writer salary (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
$112/hr Mean freelance medical writer hourly rate (AMWA survey)
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