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Hints & tips

Here are some lessons we learned, as well as hints and tips we would like to pass on to future Graduates:
  • Always ask questions, no matter how small or silly you think they are. It’s okay to not know, it’s only not okay to pretend to know! Remember that we’re all trying to achieve the same thing, it is a team effort

  • Take every opportunity to learn from senior CRAs/your assigned mentor – most are very helpful and very willing to pass on their advice. Don’t forget that Global CTM/CTAs are a great resource available to you. Make use of your colleagues who have previous experience with sites you may be visiting – and more importantly, return the favor when you have knowledge regarding sites that your colleagues are preparing to visit

  • You can never over-prepare! Prior to a visit, ensure that you run your reports, look at pending action items, look at previous reports, and do as much as you can to ensure you are ready for your visit

  • Time is precious. Deadlines can creep up very quickly, so use your time wisely to stay on top of your work. Keep track of your deadlines using Outlook calendar/OneNote, whichever suits you

  • Admin tasks take longer than you think, dedicate proper time to them. Dedicate time to do your expenses or they can get out of hand quickly.

  • Site relationship is important – be professional at all times. Add value to the site! Always offer help/assistance, if you are unsure of the answer, tell them you will find out and get back in a timely manner

  • The best way to learn is to do it. The Academy provided a structured learning plan. But best way to learn is through on site observational visits with more experienced CRAs and having interaction with site personnel, ask lots of questions even if you think they’re simple

  • Always remember the trinity of GCP, they will guide you throughout your journey in the industry

  • Enjoy the time of e-Learning while it lasts – future e-Learning courses will be assigned in addition to your workload as a monitor, so enjoy learning while you don’t have multiple tasks to juggle.

  • Always communicate with your Line Manager – they are on your side, so if you are unsure of anything or need to discuss something, don’t be afraid to ask. They are there to help!

  • Be punctual - expect delays for flights or traffic even if everything says it’s on time. So make sure you allow yourself enough time to cater for delays

  • This is an exciting industry! Even if you have done something many times, you’ll find that each time is different. So always remember, whether you’ve graduated from the Graduate Programme, or you’ve been in the industry for 10 years, there is always something new to learn!

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