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Life Sciences Supply Chain Consultant Career Q&A with Cally

Cally, Life Sciences Supply Chain Consultant at Clarkston, shares her experience during her first year with the firm and helpful career advice from her time in the life sciences industry.

How long have you been with Clarkston?

I have been with Clarkston for just over 8 months after being in industry for 9 years. And without a doubt, these past 8 months have flown by.

What is your role at Clarkston?

I came into Clarkston as a Consultant for the Life Sciences division, after working many years in the life sciences industry. I am excited to grow my knowledge in this space.

Tell us about a new skill you’ve developed recently.

In the short time I have been with Clarkston, I have started to explore and expanding my capabilities in composing research and writing. While most of my experience in industry has been in Supply Chain fighting fires, there never was any time left to have the opportunity to compose documents and fine tune scribing abilities. From communities to client engagements, I have been able to explore my abilities further and find that there is still a lot to learn.

If you had to choose, which of Clarkston’s core values do you feel resonates with you the most?

I feel as if the Adaptability and Teamwork are the core values that resonate with me the most. I continuously find that challenges and change can happen in a blink of an eye and having the ability to pivot and adapt to any situation is something I connect through adaptability. Additionally, when a well-structured team trusts and assists in the change, it only makes the challenge easier. Here are Clarkston I see all the values and pillars supporting on another to make a strong team.

Which internal initiatives, communities, or projects are you involved in at Clarkston?

When I started, the first goal I had was to join a relevant community and deep dive into Clarkston. But after attending the company meeting, my eyes opened, and I began to see other opportunities available. I am now in a community outside of my experience, and I am excited to start exploring and growing my knowledge and abilities.

What advice would you give to someone starting at Clarkston?

Do not be afraid to step out and ask to connect with another Steward. Being remote has it challenges but something that has helped me in the beginning was connecting with other Stewards and learning what is available. To be able to lean on others within Clarkston for help and support has helped me become more involved and excited to expand my career.

What drove you to accept Clarkston’s employment offer?

I was nervous of starting in consulting from industry since industry is all that I knew, but with the help of another Steward she aided in decision process. She took the time to discuss the opportunities and values that Clarkston offered but then put me in contact with other Stewards to aid me in making the right decision. And in those discussions, the Stewards really demonstrated the culture of the company and how the importance of helping others grow but also taking the time to discuss and deep dive into the opportunities in hand. This allowed me to understand how Clarkston worked and how I would fit in, the care to discuss and explain my growth potential professionally and personally really impressed. I was excited to accept and start with a company that showed support and care and I was ready to be a part of that team.