For those that don’t know, I have a full-time job outside of blogging. It may look like blogging is my full-time, however, that is not the case. I have your typical 8 am – 5 pm job but I love what I do. Which is the reason why I haven’t thought about making blogging my full-time job. I enjoy my day job and I enjoy my side hustle (blogging) so, I’m going to keep them both separate for as long as I can.
Ever since I started blogging, I get tons of questions such as, “What do you do for a living?”, etc. So have no fear, the blog post about my job is finally here! Check out more details about my career below, asked by your fellow bloggers.
My Career FAQ’S
Industry: Clinical Research/Pharmaceuticals
Job Title: Clinical Researcher
Job Description: I’ve been in Clinical Research for almost a decade now, so my job description depends on the role that I have. However, a general overview of what I do is to work with Sponsors (such as Pfizer, Moderna, etc), on their research studies from recruiting patients and administrating investigational drugs to filing protocol deviations to organizing a Trial Master File, etc. Currently, my therapeutic area is Breast Cancer. However, I have worked in other Oncology fields and therapeutic areas (such as Influenza, Psychiatric, Alzheimer’s, etc).
Are you a Researcher?
Asked by Asma of SpiceMoghul
Yes, yes I am a Researcher! More of a “clinical researcher” but you were close, so I’ll give you points for that. The difference between a Researcher and a Clinical Researcher is that a Researcher links the lab results to a patient while a Clinical Researcher tests new drugs and applications on a patient. Hope that clarifies things a bit!
What’s your day-to-day like? Working from home or on-site?
Asked by Sanna of Bollyvoguestyle
My day-to-day can look very different. My current role as a Clinical Research Coordinator depends on what time I have patients and where they are located. I work with five different hospital locations within my main hospital (my “home base” hospital). So, if I have a patient at the main hospital in the morning then once I’m done with the appointment/filing then, I can work from home for the rest of the day. There are also filing protocol deviations, working with the sponsor on data, preparing for audits, etc. It all just depends on the schedule for the day/week.
Regarding my work-from-home or on-site location, my hospital has been kind enough to give our department a flexible/hybrid schedule. This means that I can work from home on days that I don’t have patients. However, I have to be on-site for patient appointments and/or any required in-person meetings. To make it easier, I work from home about 30% of the week.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Asked by Richa of RakishRicha
I truly enjoy my patient interactions. Some of my patients are so funny and have such a positive outlook on life which is crazy to think because some of these people are dealing with Stage IV Breast Cancer. It puts things in perspective for me. It makes me realize that people who are suffering from such a horrible disease can see the bright side of things, then so can I. When helping patients who are dealing with such a critical disease, you learn to not care about the little nuances in life and rather focus on the positive things.
How do you manage your blog and your full-time job?
Asked by Ankita of TheAbsolutePink
This question gets asked a lot by many people. I’ve answered this question in a previous blog when covering batching content. To simply put it, I schedule one weekend out of the month where I focus on taking pictures of my blog/other socials, coming up with captions for Instagram/scheduling posts, writing up blog posts and scheduling them, etc. The list goes on and on. As most bloggers know, there is a lot that goes into blogging. It’s not just taking a pretty picture or writing a creative essay but so much more. Since that all require a lot of time, I like to plan out it all out in a day or two. This way, I have more time to myself.
When I first started blogging, I used to plan my Instagram posts the day before and I would wake up early to post my picture. I would also write my blog post the night before I made it go live. I realized very quickly that this “procrastination” type of schedule did not work for me. Also, if I have plans on some nights, I would be up really late working on my posts. I didn’t enjoy that lifestyle, so I found ways to use my time wisely.
My advice to anyone wondering how people with full-time jobs manage their side hustles, you need to manage your time wisely. If you can spend hours scrolling on TikTok daily, then you can spend one of those hours on writing a blog post. All it takes is careful planning and using your time wisely.
What is the best and worst part about your job?
Asked by Harsheen of throughmylens_sheen
The best part about my job, as mentioned above, is the patient interactions. I always steered away from working in a position that required patient interaction however, I realized that I enjoy this aspect of the job.
The worst part is also the patient interaction but in a different sense. Since my job requires working with patients and seeing them during their appointments with their doctor, my day-to-day revolves around the patient’s schedule. So, somedays I may have a patient at noon which means I either eat lunch at 11 am or 1 pm. While other days may have a patient at 8 am which means that I need to wake up earlier than usual. It’s the one thing I least enjoy about the job however, I still love working with patients.
I hope you enjoyed learning more details about my career. Do you work full-time and blog or are you a full-time blogger? Letme know in the comments below!