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I have 2 industrial placement offers, please help me decide which is best. I am currently studying quite a mathematical life sciences degree. I am not quite sure what I want to do in the future- I don't want to do a lab based role so I am sort of choosing between a career in Business/ Finance or working at a Pharmaceutical company (but not doing lab work). I want to have a good salary and a career with good progression.

So my 2 offers are:

1) Audit at one of the Big Four (EY, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG)
2) Regulatory affairs at a big pharmaceutical firm (in the top 10)

I don't want to give the actual names of the companies, sorry.

PROS OF AUDIT: I think having one of the Big 4 on your CV looks more impressive than a pharmaceutical company (however I could be wrong). Is there more money in finance/ audit than in pharmaceuticals ?(again, may be wrong). I could live at home and commute for the year, save money. The assessment process for the Big 4 was a lot more intense than the pharmaceutical company as it had a lot more stages. However I have also been rejected from a lot of the pharmaceutical companies, so they are probably v. competitive too. I think it will be a good experience to spend just a year in audit to see if I hate it as I think I am more guaranteed to like working at the pharma company. If you impress at the Big 4 job you are guaranteed a graduate job. But at the pharma company I think you have to go through the application process, which is time consuming in the final year of your degree.

PROS OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS: As I don't know what I want to do in the future, the fact that this role is a mix of science/ legal/ business might open a lot more doors for me and I could play on any of these aspects at future job interviews because not only have I shown an interest in science from working at the pharma company, it has also given me some business knowledge etc. I think the Big 4 are known for working you very hard and I would also have exams to study for during that year, and I think the pharmaceutical company sounds like a nicer, friendlier place and probably easier work.
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I have 2 industrial placement offers, please help me decide which is best. I am currently studying quite a mathematical life sciences degree. I am not quite sure what I want to do in the future- I don't want to do a lab based role so I am sort of choosing between a career in Business/ Finance or working at a Pharmaceutical company (but not doing lab work). I want to have a good salary and a career with good progression.

So my 2 offers are:

1) Audit at one of the Big Four (EY, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG)
2) Regulatory affairs at a big pharmaceutical firm (in the top 10)

I don't want to give the actual names of the companies, sorry.

PROS OF AUDIT: I think having one of the Big 4 on your CV looks more impressive than a pharmaceutical company (however I could be wrong). Is there more money in finance/ audit than in pharmaceuticals ?(again, may be wrong). I could live at home and commute for the year, save money. The assessment process for the Big 4 was a lot more intense than the pharmaceutical company as it had a lot more stages. However I have also been rejected from a lot of the pharmaceutical companies, so they are probably v. competitive too. I think it will be a good experience to spend just a year in audit to see if I hate it as I think I am more guaranteed to like working at the pharma company. If you impress at the Big 4 job you are guaranteed a graduate job. But at the pharma company I think you have to go through the application process, which is time consuming in the final year of your degree.

PROS OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS: As I don't know what I want to do in the future, the fact that this role is a mix of science/ legal/ business might open a lot more doors for me and I could play on any of these aspects at future job interviews because not only have I shown an interest in science from working at the pharma company, it has also given me some business knowledge etc. I think the Big 4 are known for working you very hard and I would also have exams to study for during that year, and I think the pharmaceutical company sounds like a nicer, friendlier place and probably easier work.
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