Colin Lane is so happy with his most recent career move that he’s already given it as a serious recommendation to 3 of his friends.
He had worked in operator roles within the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries for about 6 years. These had mostly been contract roles, gaining experience and finding new challenges. He was passionate about his work and enjoying the industry. But he wanted more.
With a close eye on further options within the industry, Colin set his sights on validation. He’d heard that this was an area of “more interesting roles” that came with higher salaries and, most importantly, where there were lots of opportunities.
“There’s a huge shortage of validation professionals out there at the moment. The pharma, medical device and biopharma industries are absolutely screaming out for them.”
As one contract role was coming to an end, he signed up for GetReskilled’s online Certificate in eValidation.
“I think online learning has a massive advantage over the traditional sit in class method.”
He goes on to explain that when he was considering his options he quickly realised that an in-person class could require a half hour commute 2 nights per week. That would be 2 hours a week wasted as he travelled. With an online option he could get an extra 2 hours of study time every week ‘for free’ by not having to travel.
He wasn’t even 2 weeks in to the course when he saw a job advert for a validation role with what he describes as “one of Ireland’s fastest growing companies in validation”.
Many people would wait. They’d want more of their course complete or they’d be nervous about talking to employers about such a specialised role so early on. People often make the mistake of thinking they need completed certificates before they can start applying for jobs.
But not Colin. He was keen to get started.
At his interview, the company were impressed by his enrolment in the course. “They were already aware of the course, so that was good”, he says.
They asked lots of questions, discussed what he’d learned so far and tested his awareness of validation. He’d studied hard to get up to speed for the interview. And once he was in there, he was honest about his experience and his aspirations. His drive and self-motivation impressed them. He got the job.
It wasn’t always easy to combine the new role and his studies. He’d find himself studying in airport departure lounges just to keep up with his course assignments while he travelled for work. “So [the timeline] was quite tight sometimes… but it was all worth it.”
He’s clear that it was absolutely the best decision. For him, the combination of on-the-job experience and the structured online education was the perfect way to learn.
And there’s such a shortage of validation staff across Ireland right now, there’s no reason not to give it a go. “I would say to anybody out there, if you’re thinking about doing the validation course, just go for it. Do it.”
His typical day? Well, it’s varied. Validation is a meticulous analysis of the process. He’s actively involved in analysing, testing, and writing documents.
And does he enjoy it? Absolutely. “It is a challenge. Mentally stimulating. And it is exactly what I signed up for… there’s a great career and I’m absolutely delighted with my role.”
With his course successfully completed, he’s now focused on his validation career. He’s hoping it’ll be a career filled with challenges and opportunities. It has been so far.
“I’m absolutely delighted I took the course,” he says. “I suppose for people that are considering it, the one thing that I would say to them is that there’s such a shortage out there. If you’re thinking about it, just do it. I’d absolutely encourage anybody… who knows what doors will open and where you’ll end up.”
And he’s not just recommending it to you. That’s the same recommendation he’s already given to 3 of his own friends.
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