Posted by: Sophie Khatib21 DEC 2012
As 4th year pharmacy students, we are not immune to the whispers and gossip about how harsh the job market is at the minute and how it’s an employer’s market, rather than the employee’s market that it was before.
I’m not going to lie, at first, I was really panicking and wondering if 4 years extremely hard work and close to £35,000 worth of debt was actually going to land me in a job. And believe me, that is a scary thought, as you probably well know!
Now, after a bit of thinking (and a LOT of talking!), I have come to realise that it may actually be a good thing. Personally, it is going to spur me on to be the best pharmacist that I can be and take any opportunity that is handed to me. It may not be something that I always planned on doing, but everything happens for a reason and you never know how much you might like something different until you try it. I will need something that is going to make me stand out from the rest of the employees, and doing something like a PhD that I will love and trying to better myself as a person will count for something.
I think it may have a positive effect on the world of pharmacy. It won’t be seen as an easy career to get into and one that is second best to something else. I hope that it will weed out those that don’t really like pharmacy and haven’t got the passion to move the profession forward. It will favour those that have got the drive and dedication to do something positive with their career and increase competition so that people will not be able to just do an ok job and for it to be alright, as there will be a few eager and driven pharmacists in the queue waiting for a chance to do that same job.
I appreciate that there are an awful lot of flip sides to this story as well, such as the unemployment, job uncertainty and high competition for pre registration posts, but let’s look on the bright side shall we? :)