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Empowering Career Transitions: Three Tips from Sonia Riverin for Women Considering Change

Are you a woman in the healthcare industry feeling the tug of change in your career journey? Whether you’re considering a leap to a new role or are looking for a different challenge, navigating this transitional phase can feel both exhilarating and daunting. A long-time pharmaceutical and medical recruiter and volunteer board member with Women Leaders in Pharma (WLP), I am deeply invested in empowering professionals, and have distilled three actionable tips to guide you through this pivotal moment.

  1. Define Your North Star

Take pen to paper and use this time to reflect on your aspirations, values, and professional goals. What drives you? What impact do you want to make in the Canadian healthcare industry? And I think most importantly, what makes you happy? By clarifying your “North Star,” you can better align your next career move with your long-term vision. Consider conducting informational interviews with leaders in the pharmaceutical field, attending events such as the ones we offer monthly at WLP, or speak with a friend or colleague you admire professionally.

  1. Leverage Your Transferable Skills

As a seasoned professional, you’ve amassed a wealth of skills and experiences that are transferable across different roles. Whether it’s as a product manager, a sales, marketing, administrative function, or leadership role, recognize the value you bring to the table. Take stock of your strengths and identify how they can be applied in new contexts. And don’t underestimate the power of networking: focus on connecting with others who can offer mentorship, advice, or even brainstorm innovative ideas on how you can approach a different career path.

  1. Embrace Lifelong Learning

In today’s rapidly evolving pharmaceutical landscape, continuous learning is not just advantageous – it’s essential. Embrace a growth mindset and seek out opportunities to expand your knowledge and skill set. Whether it’s pursuing advanced certifications, attending workshops, enrolling in online courses, taking special assignments, or maybe even job shadowing, investing in your professional development demonstrates your commitment to staying current and adaptable. Additionally, consider joining Women Leaders in Pharma to connect with like-minded experienced professionals who can support your career journey.

I know personally that navigating a career transition can be scary, but it can also be a rewarding experience, filled with opportunity and discovery. You possess the resilience and tenacity to navigate this transition with confidence. And remember, you don’t need to do it alone: at WLP, we are here to help you reach your full potential.

To learn more about Women Leaders in Pharma and how you can be a part of our mission to empower one another, connect ideas, and inspire future leaders, visit


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