A Day in the Life of an Analyst

  • I arrive at the office to a number of cheerful greetings. The first port of call is to look through my emails. Once I’ve replied to any client or internal emails, I will create a to-do list for the day. We are provided with a lot of freedom in how we structure our day.

    Today I begin by addressing comments from a client on the training slides that I have produced, which detail the results from a recent clinical trial. The slides will be used by the pharmaceutical company’s internal sales team to help them understand how their drug has performed during the trials. The opportunity to have direct contact with clients soon after I joined Costello Medical has been something I have really appreciated as it allows me to really see and understand how my work is used.

  • I have a meeting with a Consultant to coordinate other Analysts and Interns on the systematic literature review we are working on. It is crucial that the whole project team is aligned on the overall strategy for the review to ensure that we are consistent in how we approach it and produce an accurate and thorough report. Taking a key role in this project is allowing me to develop my planning and leadership skills.

  • I turn my attention to an economic model that we are developing for a client. The model is intending to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of the pharmaceutical company’s new treatment for patients with alcohol dependency. I had no experience of economic modelling prior to joining Costello Medical but quickly received extensive training in this area and I have since gained lots of on-the-job experience. There is never any shortage of opportunity to take on responsibility and to try out different projects in various disease areas and across numerous divisions; if a project sounds interesting then all I need to do is voice my interest and I’ll be working on it in no time!

  • After a few hours of working on the model I head off to the communal area for lunch and to catch up on everyone’s weekend exploits. I’ll then update my to-do list with whatever feedback and timeline changes have occurred since the morning and get cracking with some more project work.

  • Early afternoon seems to be a prime time for teleconferences with clients and internal meetings. Today I have a teleconference with a client to wrap-up a project. It is satisfying to receive her positive feedback and we feed this into our project appraisal.

  • For the rest of the afternoon I complete some background reading for a project that I am about to begin in a new disease area. Having the opportunity to constantly learn new things is one of my favourite parts of working at Costello Medical. I will be working on an advisory board for an upcoming conference, which involves supporting the client to devise the agenda before creating the slides that will be presented.

  • I email a couple of project managers to update them on the work that I have done that day before leaving for netball practice with some of my colleagues.