The AAPS pharmaceutical training graduate Henry Vu

Championing Student Success: Clinical Research Graduate Henry Vu

The path to a fulfilling career in clinical research can be daunting. Fortunately, success stories like Henry Vu’s inspire aspiring professionals. A graduate of the Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) program in clinical research, drug safety, and pharmacovigilance, Henry’s journey highlights the crucial role institutions like AAPS play in bridging the gap between academic knowledge and industry readiness.

Henry Vu is currently thriving in his role at BioPharma Services, where he works as a lab quality control and report writer in their Bioanalytical Lab. His journey to this position has been marked by dedication, rigorous education, and the invaluable support of AAPS. Read on to learn more about Henry and his fascinating journey. 

The Educational Foundation

Before joining AAPS, Henry completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto. Despite this solid academic background, he needed more practical experience to secure a job in the pharmaceutical industry. “I lacked the necessary experience needed to land a job in the pharmaceutical industry,” Henry recalls.

Determined to bridge this gap, Henry enrolled in the clinical research, drug safety, and pharmacovigilance program at AAPS. This program provided him with a deeper understanding of essential industry areas. “AAPS helped me bridge that gap in knowledge through courses that gave me a better understanding of clinical research and drug development,” he explains.

A laboratory as explored during clinical research training at AAPS

Clinical research training at AAPS helped Henry bridge the knowledge gap

The AAPS Support Framework 

One of Henry’s most transformative experiences at AAPS was working with the Career Services department. This team was instrumental in helping him secure an internship at BioPharma Services

Henry gained invaluable hands-on experience during his internship, working closely with industry professionals and learning the intricacies of lab quality control and report writing. This real-world experience was critical in honing his skills and building his confidence. The instructors were knowledgeable and deeply invested in their students’ success. Their guidance was crucial in preparing him for the job market and ensuring he had the skills and confidence to excel.

The support Henry received from AAPS extended beyond the classroom. “Throughout this process from classroom to job interview, the AAPS team supported me,” Henry notes. “It provided me with invaluable industry experience,” Henry says. “I was able to secure a full-time position a few months after graduating.”

It paved the way for him to secure a full-time position at BioPharma Services just a few months after completing his clinical research training. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without their expertise,” he admits.

A student shaking hands with a member of the AAPS Career Services team during pharmaceutical training

The Career Services team supported Henry throughout his pharmaceutical training program

Continuous Learning and Industry Evolution

Now that Henry is an integral part of the pharmaceutical industry, he sees firsthand how rapidly the field is expanding. “Being part of the industry now, I see a lot of evolution in the processes and operations,” he observes. In such a dynamic environment, continuous learning is essential.

It’s beneficial to continue learning and grow by gaining knowledge from industry professionals,” Henry emphasizes. This approach continually enhances skills and ensures you can contribute effectively to the evolving pharmaceutical research and development landscape.

Henry's new workplace after completing his pharmaceutical training program

Henry was able to land a job at BioPharma Services after his clinical research training at AAPS

Advice For Budding Pharmaceutical Industry and Clinical Research Professionals

Henry advocates for the comprehensive education and support AAPS provides for those contemplating a career in the pharmaceutical industry. The institution offers a robust educational foundation, practical experience, and support essential for success in this field. Whether you are a recent graduate or a professional looking to enhance your skills, AAPS can help you achieve your career goals.

Henry Vu’s journey from university graduate to pharmaceutical industry professional has been profoundly influenced by his time at AAPS. The knowledge, experience, and support he received have been instrumental in his success. Henry’s story is a testament to the power of dedicated education and the significant impact of practical experience in shaping a successful career. Let AAPS guide you into your dream job.

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