Amy

Amy is one of the newest members of the Medical Writing team. She sheds light on what it is like to work at Synergy Vision and her experience in the first few weeks.

What I expected…

I previously worked for a scientific publishing company, editing manuscripts. I focussed on scientific and language editing of predominantly oncology research papers. When I first joined SV, I was hoping to develop my writing skills and be involved in a range of therapy areas and projects, in order to improve my skills and learn as much as I could about medical communications.  

My first week…

My first week went by quickly and my initial impressions of SV were really positive. Everyone was very welcoming and I was immediately made to feel like part of the team. There was a lot of information to take in at first, but this was easier than I was expecting as I was given a lot of training and encouraged to ask questions frequently. I received thorough introductions to all areas of the company from different team members, which really helped my understanding of how everyone and everything works together to achieve the end products. We had a Medical Writing team lunch, which was a great opportunity to get to know everyone better, as well as the weekly Gin Club after work.

Where I am now…

I’ve gradually been included in different projects and given more responsibilities. I have one main project at the moment that I was introduced to in my first couple of weeks. I began with familiarising myself with the content, before helping to edit, format and reference link the materials. We’ve just started development for the second part of this project and I’ve been working on outlines for certain modules, as well as researching content and beginning to write the first drafts. 

My biggest challenge so far…

Remembering all the acronyms! When I first arrived, I felt as though I wasn’t grasping a lot of conversations about projects because of all the abbreviations used to describe modules and clients. I’ve become familiar with a lot of these now but there are still times when I’ll have to ask what something stands for. 

 What I have enjoyed most…

It’s mostly the little things that have made a big difference to my enjoyment of working at SV. I’ve felt involved from my first day in different projects, social activities and the SV team. I’ve been given varied and interesting work. I always receive thorough briefings on new tasks and I’m encouraged to ask questions whenever necessary. I attended my first Team Day after a few weeks of being here, which was really fun: After lunch, games and value awards in the office we went to The London Dungeons, followed by food, drinks and numerous ping pong matches at a bar. There’s a relaxed office atmosphere, breakfast provided, Gin Club on Thursdays, a drinks trolley, team lunches, value awards and most important of all — office dogs.