Hi Rob, welcome to Mansion Ingles. What do you do
for a living?
I’m a medical writer.
Right, and what does that involve exactly?
That means that…well, I work for a pharmaceutical company, and
when they do clinical trials, so they
test their drugs in animals, in cell culture and in humans..I get
the results from their trials, and I write these results together as
a report for the F.D.A. for licensing tha..that new
But wha..what’s F.D.A?
The F.D.A. is the food and drug administration in the United
Sorry, do you work for an American company?
I work for a German company, but erm…America is the biggest
market so, er..the F.D.A. is the…is the principle
licensing authority, and we submit the same documents
And what qualifications do you need for your job?
Not very much, technically. It helps if you’re a biologist, and
to..to be used to seeing these kind of results, these kind of data.
Erm..and you need to
be able to speak
Right, so you studied biology?
I’m a biologist from..from background, yeah.
O.K. Erm…what do you like about your job?
It’s very flexible. Erm..I can work from home, I can work in the
office. Erm..I don’t need to have very defined times.
I don’t need to be in the office at half past eight, I don’t have to
stay in the office ‘till six o’clock. Erm…so long as the work is
done and the report is finished on time, the rest doesn’t
Do you have much contact with people?
Erm..as part of the job, no. But within the company a lot. The
company is..is very nice, I like the people there a lot. Erm..very
friendly, very open. Erm..nice.
Good! And what do you dislike about it? What are the negative
The data’s not very interesting…that I write up, so..erm..yeah I
have 25, 30, 000 sides of data that need to be summarised,
and that’s..erm..that’s not fascinating. It….it’s fairly
clear how it has to be written, there’s not a great
deal of creativity involved.
So, if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Oh Lord! Erm…probably worki…working in marketing…erm…in biotech..in
So, in the same field, but…
I..I would be working for…for companies that..erm..want to sell
products to people working in laboratories…erm…because that’s my
background..erm..so I know the market. But I could work
far more creatively and have much more fun with the
language than I can writing for the F.D.A.