April Rosson – BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences graduate

Year of graduation: 2014

Current Employer: The Purple Agency

Current Job Title: Senior Account Executive

Current Location: Basingstoke

“Do a degree you can devote yourself to entirely.”

Tell us what you have been doing since completing your studies.

I completed the final two years of my degree whilst living full-time in Portugal. Therefore, when I graduated, I remained living and working there in the surf tourism industry as the restaurant manager of a five star hotel. I loved my 24 hour party lifestyle but the long days, late nights, and terrible pay caused me to return to the UK on my birthday in October, 2015, to start my career in the pharmaceutical marketing industry as an Account Executive. Since then I have changed companies twice, been promoted, and gained dual nationality by marrying my Brazilian fiancé.

What is the most difficult thing which you have faced in your career?

I have found misunderstandings due to poor communication within agencies to be a common hindrance.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

I attended the National Digital Use in Pharma congress, where I got to meet many of the global brand managers and see first-hand the prospective innovations to be used throughout the industry in the coming year.

What, if anything, would you do differently if you could?

Researched further into the different roles within agencies. I think, if I could go back, I would take a role more in line with strategic development. Although accounts are heavily involved in strategy, the actual development of a campaign is planned and executed mostly by the strategy teams.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

Research the many pharmaceutical companies so that you can tailor your studies to the therapy areas which most interest you. Also, research lots of agencies so that you can work in an environment and on materials that most interest you; for example med-ed agencies are mostly focused on the creation of medical education materials and have much more of a medical science focus than a commercial or digitally innovative pharmaceutical agency.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

My lecturers were amazing and hugely supportive. Their commitment was what allowed me to live abroad whilst completing my degree.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

Living in a beautiful ocean city so close to my home in Cornwall.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

Yes. The city and surrounding areas are magnificent and people from the South West are always very relaxed and welcoming. The transition from sixth form/college to Plymouth University was an easy one for me and, as I said previously, the lecturers were amazing.  

Is there anything else which you would like to share with our current students?

Do a degree you can devote yourself to entirely. Don’t do a degree you don’t love because, in order to do well (especially in science), you really have to apply and immerse yourself 100 per cent.