When Jeffery Kophamel started his reskilling journey into pharma, he already had a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and had over twenty-five years of engineering experience. Despite this background, he couldn’t find a way in to pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing.
Until that point, Jeff had worked in engineering in a variety of industrial sectors. He had been successfully self-employed and had a great deal of consulting experience. But as the global economic downturn hit, he began to notice that the flow of new contracts was drying up.
After a careful assessment of alternative sectors, he concluded, “The medical and pharmaceutical industry seemed to be thriving” and could give him the longer-term project work he wanted. But he was left wondering, “How do I get in there?”.
Jeffery tried applying for jobs but found that the unique regulatory environment of the pharmaceutical and medical device sector was a major stumbling block. He had worked in regulated industries before but never in this regulated industry, and it was counting against him. He felt doors were closed as soon as he said he had no direct experience of the regulations in this field.
He recalls beginning to get disillusioned before realising,
“In order to take the engineering knowledge that I had, and attempt to get into the pharmaceutical/medical device industry, I needed something more to give me leverage.”