The Employability Week partner

Dr Matthew Crum

Dr Matthew Crum, MPharm (Hons), Sunderland, UK; PhD Pharmaceutical Science, Monash, class of 2016

“Getting students job-ready with critical thinking skills and building on communications skills is a key part of Employability Week.”

When I was a PhD student at Monash, I assisted with a student tour to Pfizer, and now I work here on the Professional Development Program (PDP). I’m presenting a similar Employability Week presentation to the one that was given when I visited the site to the current Monash students.

There are many ongoing networking benefits by remaining connected to Monash University. Partaking in Employability Week is a good opportunity to access new talent, which is difficult once you’re out of the university environment. It’s also a good way for me in the pharmaceutical industry to connect with students and give something back from my own experiences and learnings. I work with many faculty alumni on this site – which shows Monash helped them develop the right skills set to fit in here.

I was one of the first here and I’m now in my third rotation of the PDP. As part of the program, I’m involved in the interview process for prospective PDP scientists, which I think is important for leadership development. With Employability Week, we invited the students onsite to see our research activities, our laboratories and hear from senior leaders about their personal experiences and professional development pathways.

Getting students job-ready with critical thinking skills and building on communications skills is a key part of Employability Week. It’s not just achieving top marks, but developing communication and basic soft skills are vital.

The reputation of Monash and the faculty really helps with employment opportunities. While there are all these opportunities and great lecturers,I also learnt from Monash that you need to be proactive to make the most of opportunities.

As a university, I found Monash to be very inclusive – you see collaborations across all disciplines without the hierarchy structure. At Monash, you work with students from a diverse range of cultures, and this has been useful working in an international biopharmaceutical company such as Pfizer.

Matt Crum is a PDP (Professional Development Program) scientist for Pfizer Melbourne.