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I'm especially proud of the impact we had with our assessment of FDA's new drug application review process. Prior to our work, only 43% of new drug applications were getting approved in the first review cycle. After FDA implemented our recommendations, the approval rate improved to nearly 75% and the average time to approval decreased from 17 months to 10 months. Getting safe and effective drugs more rapidly into the hands of patients who need them is improving and saving lives every day, and nothing is more satisfying to me than that.
“What’s great about Booz Allen is there are so many different areas that you can get involved in to shape your career.”
- Matt Healy
In my earliest assignments as a project manager, I worked in an environment where I knew the project and client so well that I could also do the work of a subject matter expert and lead analyst. I didn't realize it at the time, but as I tried to perform those roles, I wasn't making the most effective use of the project team. But when I became the project manager for an IT project, I had no choice but to be completely dependent on the rest of the team, because I didn't have the technical background needed to fulfill delivery roles. I think that approach enabled the team to perform much better, and I took what I learned from that experience into my subsequent projects in health operations, to better leverage the full resources and talents of my team.
Be proactive and purposeful in developing your network. I heard that message when I first started, but looking back I don't think I did that great a job of it. I know a lot of people now, in part, because I've been with the firm for 16 years. You can get to know others across the firm and at all different levels in many ways, not just through networking events. Some other ways include getting involved in volunteer activities; attending functional community events and brown bags; and participating in proposal and marketing efforts. I wish I would have taken the message to heart more when I first joined the firm. I'm always happy to make time to meet with people who want to introduce themselves, and I find that is a common attitude around the firm. You really have nothing to lose and it's a worthwhile investment of your time. Making these connections with people is the best way to learn about different opportunities and capabilities at the firm, as well as develop relationships and get advice and coaching that can help you grow your career.
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