Administration for clinical studies. Includes tasks such as organizing couriers/translators, keeping up to date with files, attending update meetings, working with Data Management, hospital sites and more. Responsible for other tasks such as creating reports, critical review of files, systems management and training.
I really enjoyed my work in Clinical Administration. It's very office based but extremely varied from day to day. There is a certain routine for each study which stays the same every day but other than that, the tasks I was asked to do were different every day and my colleagues and manager were always looking for things to help me gain as much experience as possible. I wanted to come to work everyday and it's a career that I want to continue (which might be why I enjoyed it so much).
I wasn't made to feel like a student, I was a real member of the team. I got along with everybody in the office and I really felt like my work was appreciated by the team. My colleagues were genuinely interested in getting to know me and were always very approachable, I never felt uncomfortable asking for help.
My manager was not based in the same office as me so it was sometimes difficult to get in contact to ask a quick question. Once I was settled into my role, our 1:1 meetings became less frequent so I learned to become more independent and I would only set up meetings if there was something that only he could answer or if I had enough questions to warrant a full meeting. However, my team in the office were also very knowledgeable so I didn't feel as though I was missing out, I received support from everyone and I very quickly became much more confident in asking for help when I needed it.
My workload was quite varied so some days I would have much less to do and some days I would be incredibly busy (two of my studies were audited and that was the busiest I've ever been). But there was always something to do, I have never been left asking for work, there is always something on my to-do list.
I was given 8 active studies and 3 closed studies where I was the responsible admin person. There was always a Trial Leader to guide me but I took full responsibility from an admin point of view so I had to learn the most effective way to manage these studies. I was also responsible for a few projects outside of this but help was always there if I needed it. I was given the exact same amount of responsibility as the full-time CSA's.
I have developed invaluable skills in teamwork, communication, time management, debate and discussion, problem solving and so much more. I've become much more adaptable to any changes, much more responsible for my own work and my work ethic in general has greatly improved. I am able to keep focus easier and prioritize work much more effectively
Everyone in the office has a great work ethic so things always get done and there is always someone to help out, but there is a great familiarity in the office too. We are all quite close, everyone takes an interest in everyone else and we are all very friendly. It's a perfect balance between work and fun
I was the first placement student that my manager had from start to finish so sometimes we had to work through university required things together but that was never a real issue. My office has had placement students for years and so I was integrated almost seamlessly, the learning curve was quite steep but it was a great environment so I picked everything up pretty quickly.
I was always encouraged to think of things that would benefit me or give me a good level of experience. If it was feasible (e.g. within the budget) then everything would be done to help me. Sometimes there were things that I couldn't do but I was greatly encouraged to shadow my colleagues, go out on visits and gain as much experience as possible.
It was very easy for me to extend my contract with the company and there are opportunities to stay if there is work that needs to be done (potentially part time) but there is nothing officially set up to aid this. Quite a lot of placement students extend by a month or 2 though which is great for training the next student and keeping employed over the summer.
My company set up a Facebook group and added all the placement students so we had a chance to talk a little before we even started. When we started work, we formed our own group on social media and organised day trips, nights out, meals etc. Eventually we formed smaller, closer knit groups but we are all very friendly with each other and we still socialise quite often
I lived in the area to start with so I already lived in a student house, rent in my area isn't too expensive but I live with 5 others. Single bed flats are much more expensive. Socialising in Leeds is pretty cheap, club nights always have deals on but it definitely depends where you go but there's no shortage of things to do or places to go. You can make your time as cheap or expensive as you like.
I live in the student area of Leeds and commute (only about 20 minutes by car) so the student nightlife is great. The city centre has a huge number of pubs, bars and clubs. Even out of the city towards Headingly, there are still lots of pubs and bars and there are continuous events all year round, a never ending nightlife.
The company is very big on volunteering so everyone is encouraged to get involved in volunteer work within and outside the company, and you are even given paid leave to do this. Apart from that, there are so many clubs and hobbies to get involved in around the city, no matter what you're interested in.