For this Career Spotlight on using your research skills, we were joined by Dr Jane Colechin, researcher from Inclusion (the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion), and Dr Emma Broom, Healthcare Analyst from Sociable Pharma, who came with her manager and co- founder of the company, Nigel Marsh.
Jane left us a copy of her presentation KCL Presentation Jane Colechin and I’d urge you to take a look. Inclusion focuses mainly on NEETs and other disadvantaged groups, running events, providing research and consultancy about work, and evaluating major projects including the DWP’s Work Programme. As previous speakers in the Spotlights have done, Jane talked about the differences between working as an academic researcher and as a social researcher (mainly the time lines and having to run several projects at once).
Her own career runs from a PhD in Political Science at Birmingham, to a short post-doc at Cardiff, to a brief internship for a family charity where she got direct experience of lobbying. This internship led to a paid role at the charity and then onto Inclusion.
Jane’s slides provide some great links for vacancies and other social research organisations.
Nigel and Emma talked then about their work at Sociable Pharma, founded in 2010. The three main services they provide are
- Market Research – through interviews with physicians, Key Opinion Leaders, opinion polls
- Competitive Intelligence – product and market tracking, attending medical meetings; understanding how physicians change prescriptions patterns
- Advisory – thinking about medical communications (eg disease and product awareness websites), strategic consulting, and web strategy. It might include business war-gaming.
The analyst’s role is mainly to research surveys and questionnaires. You are given particular disease areas and have to research available evidence around them. You might attend relevant disease conferences on behalf of clients. You’re providing contextual analysis.
Skills required would include:
- communication – eg reports being logical
- writing, for Powerpoint rather than lengthy reports
- being independent and able to manage your own projects
- being flexible – it’s a small business
- quick understanding of problems.
Nigel subsequently posted a job on our JobOnline site –