Please tell us about yourself
During my undergraduate studies in Pharmacy, I often thought, “where to next”? With my interest in pharmaceutical development and technology, specifically related to pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, it made sense to continue my studies and do a Master of Good Manufacturing Practice at UTS. The course covers the essential areas in pharmaceutical industry and the regulations the industry is governed by. Setting my sights on this new adventure, I left my hometown in Goa, India, and travelled to Sydney to begin my postgraduate journey!
How was the experience at UTS (University of Technology Sydney)?
When I think back to why I chose UTS, it is because of its diversity, facilities, excellent location (so close to everything in the heart of Sydney!) and its practice-based approach to teaching. Their teaching style has certainly helped me to be job-ready, with collaborative problem-solving discussions in class, industrial visits and guest lectures.
I also really like the University because of the support programs on offer. I was part of the ‘UTS HELPS Buddy Program’. It pairs international students with a local volunteer to learn more about the Australian culture. I also joined the ‘UTS Accomplish Award’, a yearlong program designed to enhance students’ employability success through workshops and experimental events. I found that it boosted my confidence and skills, and this might be part of the reason why I’ve already secured a job, even though I won’t graduate for a few months yet.
Tell us about your job after graduation
My new job is at Chatswood in Sydney’s North Shore at Inova Pharmaceuticals where I am the Quality/Regulations Administrator. I’m looking forward to making the most out of my time there, and especially gaining further experience on the job in quality and regulatory affairs.
Iam responsible for Quality oversight of Contract/ External Manufacturers: Change control,Product quality review(sponsor perspective),deviations, non-compliance reporting (NCR) and Corrective andPreventive Actions.
Release of Products (Due diligence checks- Australia, New-Zealand and Asian Markets), Document Management and Handling Customer complaints (ANZ).
Your advice to students?
My advice to future students is: if you are aiming to work in a pharmaceutical, biotechnological or medical device industry, this is a great course to prepare you. Make the most of your time at university, and get involved in other extra-curricular activities and use the services the University has to offer.