CRA BASICS, TIPS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ENTRY LEVEL CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES OR THOSE INTERESTED IN BECOMING CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
I am a Clinical Research Associate and boy I tell you getting to this place has not been easy. I mean there are technically no entry-level Clinical Research Associate jobs available anywhere. If you want to start working in this field you literally have to start from the bottom up and when I say bottom I mean bottom. Your best bet is to begin working as an administrative assistant in a pharmaceutical company (The drug makers) or a clinical research organization or CRO (A company the pharmaceutical company uses to conduct studies on their new drugs). In most cases absolutely no one will hire you to do this job without several years of experience even if you have advanced degrees. So if you are looking for an easy route I am here to tell you there is none, however, there is still good news! I can give you the tools you need to break into the industry and once you are in you can work your way up rather quickly and strategically to get to the position you want. I did it in two years and you can too. If you stay tuned to this blog you may be able to work your way up even faster. The road ahead wont be easy and you will have to sacrifice but it is well worth it. I promise. -Sara
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Look forward to your blog Sara, I’ve shared it on Twitter!
Love the blog so far Sarah. Extremely helpful !
I am looking forward your tips Sarah, I am presently trying to become a CRA !! I am sure I will learn a lot from your experience.
I am an international medical graduate with Masters in public health degree. I studied to complete my PhD in Hong Kong but could not finish it. I have vast knowledge in research methodologies and have independently conducted 3 epidemiological studies. I am proficient in Data entry and statistical analysis. On the top of it I have clear understanding of human bilogy, physiology, pathophysiology of dieseases, pharmacology and pharmacodynamics of drugs, as all of these were needed extensively to become a doctor. I am actively looking for a job in Clinical Research field in USA and I am a PR.I want to pursue my career as a CRA. Please help me to proceed. I would like to share my resume with you to get more inputs from you. My email add is email@example.com.
I live in London. Graduate with a BSc in Biochemistry (2:1) and MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. I want to get in the profession as CRA but my degree is more than 5yrs old because I took time off for family reason and now I don’t know how to get started. I have no experience. Help!!!