Mastering Interpersonal Skills as a Life Science Contractor

Posted Jul 6, 2023

As a contractor in Life Sciences, your technical skills and expertise are undoubtedly essential. However, the ability to effectively communicate, collaborate, and build relationships with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders can make a significant difference in a contractor’s career trajectory. Therefore, interpersonal skills are equally as important and mastering these skills is paramount for contractors who want to excel in this industry.

In Ireland, we’re lucky to have a flourishing Life Sciences sector, with numerous opportunities to join exciting projects. As a consultant, it’s important to sell the skills you can bring to support successful project delivery. In this competitive landscape, there may be multiple candidates with very similar technical or hard skills as you, but it’s how you showcase your soft skills is what will really set you apart and help differentiate you from others.

Our Consultant Success Team have identified 4 key interpersonal skills that are desirable as a contractor and how you can cultivate and leverage these skills to thrive in your career.


Clear and concise communication is paramount in projects. Whether interacting with team members, presenting a report, or collaborating with stakeholders, consultants must be able to articulate their ideas and information clearly and accurately. Active listening, strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to convey complex concepts in an understandable manner are essential for working effectively with others.

Adaptability and Resilience

Life Sciences is characterised by constant change, whether it is technological advancements, evolving regulations or changing market dynamics. Interpersonal skills such as resilience, open-mindedness, and a willingness to learn from others play a vital role in navigating these changes. Contractors who can adjust their approach, adapt to new technologies and methodologies, and work well in diverse and challenging environments are highly valued in the industry.

Collaboration and Teamwork

No breakthrough in the Life Sciences is achieved in isolation. Successful projects require teamwork and collaboration across various disciplines. Effective communication, active listening, and empathy are essential for fostering a collaborative environment. Contractors must be able to share their ideas, solicit feedback, and work harmoniously with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.


Leadership is a crucial aspect of Life Sciences as it drives innovation, shapes the organisations culture, and inspires teams to achieve their best. Strong leadership entails effective delegation, conflict resolution, and decision-making abilities. Moreover, being a leader means that you are effectively able to inspire and motivate other colleagues to achieve shared goals.

What does this mean for Contractors?

While technical expertise is indispensable in the Life Sciences industry, the value of interpersonal skills cannot be underestimated. Interpersonal skills have become critical for contractors to effectively collaborate, lead, adapt and communicate. Given its significance, it’s worth investing in these skills if you are a contractor looking to thrive and make a lasting impact in this industry. That’s why as part of our Consultant Success Programme at LSC we facilitate industry led soft skills courses and professional development sessions to help you plan and achieve your career goals.

If need any advice on soft skill courses or upskilling opportunities, get in touch with Regina our dedicated Consultant Success Coordinator who will be able to provide you with more detailed information.