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Advice for New Pharmacy Graduates Category: Pharmacy by - May 18, 2014 | Views: 52182 | Likes: 7 | Comment: 4  

Obtain Advanced Practice Skills

Are you completing a pharmacy residency, fellowship or another form of advanced training? If you are good for you. If you are not, consider this, as there are more graduating pharmacists and pressure for pharmacists to provide more advanced care employers will demand more training and expertise. It is possible that in a few years the basic entry level pharmacist job will require completion of a residency. Those who want to take advantage of pharmacist provider status may need advanced training. Additional credentials expand your job options and maximize your chance of finding the right job (not just any job). Don't become obsolete this early in your career. 

Avoid Financial Traps

You've been a starving student for several years and now that you have your first job you want to splurge and satisfy desire for material goods. Think twice and then some more before purchasing large ticket items that add to your long-term financial obligations. Your local luxury car dealer is all too willing to lock you into a car loan. Purchasing a home too early may also stretch your finances. If you have a large college loan to repay think even more before you buy that shiny new car. You can accumulate debt faster than your income will rise. Don't fall into a financial trap that robs you of your flexibility to change jobs or advance your career. The retail trap is real! 

Develop a Career Plan

No one is going to manage your career for you. Your professional association will not manage your career for you. Commit to writing down your 5-year career goals and review it every year. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I like what I am doing?

  • What do I want to do in 5 or 10 years and am I working towards that?

  • What are my financial goals?

  • What makes me happy and what are my goals in life?

Depending on your answers to these questions develop a career plan that helps you achieve your goals. The wonderful benefit of a PharmD are the many practice settings that employ PharmDs.  

Think Like an Entrepreneur

If you don’t like where you live move. If you do not like your job get a different one. If you cannot find a job you like create your own! Entrepreneurs are born every day and the pharmacy profession has many entrepreneurs. There is no secret or magic to it. It takes hard work, conviction, courage, a lucky break, time and a just do it attitude. You can be a healthcare consultant, own your own pharmacy, start an internet business, launch a pharmacy software company to name a few. The internet economy offers many opportunities for those willing to tinker and toil.

Can you identify problems that do not have a good solution? Can you identify areas of need that you can fill? Stop waiting for someone else to solve problems, solve the problem yourself and get paid by the person who has the problem. 

Next time you utter the phrase “I wish there was_____” follow that with “what if I did_____” then “how” and “why not”. Now you are thinking like an entrepreneur!

Be Happy

Define what happiness means to you and what you want out of life. Go after it and you will achieve it. 

It's over 19 years now since I graduated from pharmacy school. I have never regretted obtaining a pharmacy degree. In fact, I feel privileged to be a member of this respected profession. Moreover, I believe the best is yet to come. Stay positive graduates and may you achieve your dreams and launch our profession into a new era!

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