Medical sales representative?
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Although this career is open to all graduates, the following subjects may improve your chances:
A business or marketing degree may also be helpful, especially if accompanied by some knowledge of medical sales and what that involves.
Entry with a HND/foundation degree is possible as training is given. Life science or healthcare subjects are particularly useful.
A pre-entry postgraduate qualification is not necessary, although a relevant postgraduate qualification can be an advantage for medical sales positions requiring specific, technical knowledge.
If you do not have a science or healthcare-related qualification, a background in business or sales is important.
Pre-entry experience, through, for example, work shadowing a medical sales rep, is desirable. Contact pharmaceutical companies to arrange this or try your doctor's surgery or local pharmacy. Relevant work experience in a hospital placement or in a commercial environment may improve your chances.
Candidates need to show evidence of the following:
A driving licence is essential.
Try to find out as much as possible about the realities of the job by arranging to spend a day with a medical sales representative. Contact GP surgeries and chemists and talk to pharmacists. Research the pharmaceutical industry and keep up to date with developments in the National Health Service (NHS).
Professional bodies may have local groups, and networking opportunities may be provided with student membership of organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) .
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