Jennany Karunakaran

Jennany Karunakaran

09 Jun Jennany Karunakaran

Nationality: German
Work location: UK
Type of role: Medical Intern
Company: Merck Serono
Degree: Biomedical Science
Year of Graduation: 2015

Why I loved it: 

My placement year gave me the opportunity to explore office based jobs in the Science industry. I have now got a better idea of what kind of jobs I want to apply for after graduation.

My best experience/greatest achievement: 

In addition to brushing up on my transferable skills, I also had the chance to overcome my biggest weakness; Presentations. My greatest achievement was giving a presentation to the entire company, which consists of approx. 150 people for which I received great positive feedback.

What I learned:

From my placement, I have learnt about the structure and function of a Pharmaceutical Company as well as the importance of each department. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to learn about other important institutions in the medical field such as ABPI (Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry), MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority) and IMB (Irish Board of Medicine), which all work close together with pharmaceutical companies.

About my experience/Tips for students:

Merck Serono is a Pharmaceutical company was established in 2007, when Merck; the world’s oldest pharmaceutical Company, acquired Serono, a biotechnology company in Switzerland. They commercialise drugs for Cancer, multiple sclerosis, infertility, endocrine disorders and cardiovascular diseases in about 150 countries. Merck Serono’s aim is to become a global leader in health technology and support the healthcare community, in order to maximise the health of their patients.

I worked 12 months in the four sub-departments of the company’s Medical department, which were: Drug Safety, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Medical Information & Communication. I was given the same responsibilities and daily duties of the associates working in each department.

My tips would be :

  • Definitely do a placement year; it gives you great experience and makes you stand out from the crowd when applying for graduate jobs.
  • You should keep applying, many people get their placement in late summer – so don’t give up.