As soon as you graduate from a pharmacy school you are excited to go to work. Students want to stop taking classes and start doing some useful work. A lot of them have taken up student loans and eager to payoff their loans. So until they get that job offer letter it is a nervous and exhilarating time. A few years back there was no problem finding a good job with high pay, but now the world has change. There are no more sign-on bonuses, no added job benefits. So here comes my first tip for any fresh pharmacy graduate.
- Do no worry about finding a perfect job
Do no look out for perfect job, just start somewhere. It is highly likely you would not find your perfect job. So instead of still on you ass home doing nothing go out there and start working somewhere anywhere. Once you have about 3-4 years of experience, you can start looking for your perfect job all the while you are still earning. Let me explain what I mean. Most people look for the perfect job. And the problem is that they never find it. Each job has some things that just aren’t ideal. These folks that want everything to be perfect end up being disgruntled when the job is not perfect. When they get disgruntled they become unmotivated and do mediocre work. People who do mediocre work don’t get promoted or recommended for better jobs by co-workers. Most good jobs never make it to the want ads. Pharmacy is such a closed community that the first shot at the best jobs is usually based on a personal recommendation by a co-worker. The net result is that if you are looking for the perfect job you will more than likely damage your long term career success.
On the other hand, if you treat the job you have like it is the perfect job you will provide enthusiastic stellar performance. High achievers get recognized and rewarded with new and better opportunities. You simply don’t know where your career is going to take you so stop trying to plan it all out.
If you are an active, engaged, enthusiastic teammate you will have great career even if you work for some crappy employers along the way. If you are a disengaged grump you will always be stuck working for the worst employers. This is not to say that you should tolerate working for a dishonest and unethical employer. There is simply a right way and a wrong way to behave.
If you are accepting someone’s paycheck then you need to follow their rules. If you think their rules are unacceptable then go find another job. But don’t take someone’s paycheck and then do mediocre work. Giving a weak effort becomes a habit, habits dictate your actions, and your actions define your character. Don’t tarnish your reputation by doing a mediocre job.
So stop looking for the perfect job and treat your current job as if it already is. Your boss will be happier and you career will be a lot more enjoyable.
- Volunteer in a hospital pharmacy
This bring up to my next tip. As I’ve told you do not worry about finding a perfect job. In the same way it would be great to get some kind of clinical experience under the belt. Do not worry about working conditions or pay. If you have the time, it’s great to gain some volunteer experience. Many hospital pharmacies will allow student volunteers. You might still need to go through an interview, submit a resume, etc. Call your local hospital, and ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator to see if they permit volunteers in the pharmacy. For advice on finding volunteer jobs, please read “Where to Find Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students.”