5 Ways to Build Your Pharma Career

William Soliman, PhD, BCMAS

William Soliman, PhD, BCMAS

President, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs

1. Solutions Not Problems

Don’t have enough experience? Feel like your career path is limited? Think about how you’re going to solve the problem versus the problem itself. Don’t dwell on the issue. Take action.

2. Do What it Takes to Be Successful

Not everyone is willing to put in the time & effort to become successful in their professional life. Are you willing to go the extra mile? To demonstrate that you’re a hard worker who is committed to excellence in their profession? If so, you are already at an advantage. And others will notice.

3. Figure Out What Matters to You

Each of us are motivated by different things. For some, it’s money, for others it’s appreciation and recognition and for others it’s work-life balance. Determine what matters to you and go after it.

4. Don't Get Distracted

In today’s world, it’s easy to get distracted by ‘noise.’ To achieve your goals, you need to stay focused. Think of the best athletes in the world. They are laser focused during the game. They know what their objective is and they stay focused and consistent in their efforts.

5. Become a Subject Matter Expert

In pharma, becoming a subject matter expert in particular therapeutic areas can pay off in dividends. Are you an expert in pharmacoeconomics or clinical trial design? If not, become one! This can really help to distinguish you when applying for new roles or being considered for that next promotion.