When Jack Moody graduated with a BSc in biochemistry, he hadn’t considered a career in clinical research and was unsure about which career path to take. Now, he’s a year into his new role as a CPM with the start-up ROKC, has completed two CGX training courses and has over 3 years of experience in the clinical research field.
It kind of found me to be honest. It’s a career path that feels a bit hidden when you finish your education. After I finished university, I applied for lots of jobs and grad schemes without much success. I just didn’t really know what I wanted to do or how to write a successful application. Eventually I got my first interview and job as a Clinical Research Assistant with St Stephen’s Clinical Research.
Clinical Research really wasn’t a position or career I had considered… it can feel quite niche. But after reading and learning more about it I found it was the right fit for me. You get to be a part of the science of many different medicines and studies and have a healthy salary alongside it.
I absolutely love clinical research. There’s a scope of different things you get to work on, whether it’s biotech or cancer treatment, any new science you read about you know there’ll be some form of clinical trial you could get the chance to work on. I learnt so much working in HIV research, for example with St Stephen’s Clinical Research. It’s challenging work though – you need to combine your understanding of science with management skills and people skills, patience and due diligence.