Having always had an interest in drug development, Sophie Harrison chose to study BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology as she wasn’t sure which career path to take and the course offered “anatomy understanding as well as pharmacokinetics.”
Now, Sophie works as a Clinical Trial Assistant at MAC Clinical Research in Manchester. Her duties include performing phase 1 clinical trials, laboratory work and clinical work – analysis, blood sampling, venepuncture, ECG and EEGs.
“I previously worked in a pharmacy dispensing drugs, it gave me an interest in the mode of action of drugs on the body” Sophie said. “I found the Drugs from Discovery to Use and Abuse module the most interesting therefore my degree helped me choose a career path.”
Undoubtedly her greatest achievement since graduating, Sophie quickly became a Lead Clinical Trial Assistant on a diabetes study within her first three months at MAC. The UCLan alumna says the skills gained at University definitely helped shape her early career.
She explained: “My degree increased my confidence. It made me realise where I wanted to go in life and gave me lifelong friends. I know I could still email my lecturers with any queries and they’d still be happy to help!”
Sophie also had important advice for any students and recent graduates. She said: “take your time when discovering your interests”. Sophie took to LinkedIn to see different career paths and to ask for advice from current employees from various companies.
She said: “Don’t rush into choosing a career path, it took me until my final year of University to find my passion. Apply as soon as you have an interest and show passion in the interview!”
12 March 2018