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Chevening is looking for individuals with strong professional relationship-building skills,
who will engage with the Chevening community and influence and lead others in their chosen profession. Please explain how you build and maintain relationships in a professional capacity, using clear examples of how you currently do this, and outline how you hope to use these skills in the future.
To me, networking is about establishing and cultivating relationships with people from diverse and same interest group and maintain regular communication with them by sharing ideas and information in order to grow professionally.
While developing an analytical method for Gastro-resistant Tablets, I was repeatedly experiencing the problem of a sudden decrease in the active content of the drug material even after applying several techniques. Even after the consultation with my supervisor, the problem persisted as the product was new for us to develop. I thought of presenting this problem with international pharmaceutical R&D community through LinkedIn as the professionals of this field across the world are experienced dealing with similar issues. I found some groups comprised of highly experienced professionals across the world and approached them highlighting every detail of the problem and, to my surprise, I was given some practical suggestions with a detailed explanation of underlying reasons. They advised me to use amber colour glass apparatus as the drug material is susceptible to light and they also suggested me to use a special coating in order to protect the drug material from being affected by acidic medium. These measures enabled us to come up with the solutions to develop the product and more importantly, I was appreciated by my supervisor for being in touch with the global community of my field. I have been maintaining active connection with some professionals and often get benefited when they share their ideas and problem-solving experiences. Furthermore, I was referred to be a member of the RAPS (Regulatory Affairs Professional Society), an international association offers seminars and training on regulations and guidelines generated by various regulatory bodies like FDA, MHRA. This has opened an avenue for me to stay connected with the pioneers of my field.
Earlier, Jagannath University Alumni association allowed me to stay connected to Chemists who have been graduated from the same university and have been working in various related fields. Most importantly, my connection to the seniors who are members of the Alumni, helped me a lot for landing my first job. When I was seeking jobs after postgraduation, I was referred by a member of the Alumni who had been working for Renata Limited. His positive recommendation and my overall performance at the interview contributed to secure the position of a Research Chemist at the R&D Department. Since then, I was more involved in the association and have been an active part of the organization. By using this platform, I have been able to broaden my horizon and have a wide range of active contacts working in various sectors who will be of great help in future being recommended for senior Chemistry related positions in different organizations.
As pharmaceutical sector is highly regulated by the regulatory body like MHRA, my professional goals push me to build strong relevant networking which can be attained by meeting and interacting with the Chevening community consisting people of diverse and same interest group that will propel my career back in my home country.