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    Pharmacy graduate prospects seem like they are becoming bleaker by the day. The rate at which new roles for pharmacists are developing (which are long overdue) is incredibly slow.

    My question is how do I as a pharmacy student try to improve my chances of succeeding in this profession? I would ideally like to work as a hospital pharmacist but would it be safer to do pre-reg in community and then try to get a hospital role?

    I try to ignore the situation as best I can and just concentrate on my studies because believe it or not I really do want to become a Pharmacist! Then bang another article tells me pharmacy students are wasting their time or empty promises of new roles for pharmacists which never happen. Please If your a pharmacists or a pre-reg give me some advice so I can convert it into hope.
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    (Original post by MA Pharm)
    Pharmacy graduate prospects seem like they are becoming bleaker by the day. The rate at which new roles for pharmacists are developing (which are long overdue) is incredibly slow.

    My question is how do I as a pharmacy student try to improve my chances of succeeding in this profession? I would ideally like to work as a hospital pharmacist but would it be safer to do pre-reg in community and then try to get a hospital role?

    I try to ignore the situation as best I can and just concentrate on my studies because believe it or not I really do want to become a Pharmacist! Then bang another article tells me pharmacy students are wasting their time or empty promises of new roles for pharmacists which never happen. Please If your a pharmacists or a pre-reg give me some advice so I can convert it into hope.
    Generally speaking, get as many self-organised community / hospital pharmacy placements as you can.

    I would recommend reading this thread http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4324368

    Best of luck!
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    You work your arse off.

    The problem isn't a lack of jobs per se - after all, most find employment - rather, it's more a loss in abundance of jobs. It used to be the case you could coast through the degree, not worry too much about summer placements, and still land on your feet - the shortage of Pharmacists in this country meant that somewhere - anywhere - was in need of a locum or long-term cover. A job would always be there, should you need it.

    Now however? More higher competition for jobs, there is no reason to hire a Johnny Layabout (who has a predicted 2:2 and little experience) when there are five other canditates who have summer placements on their C.V. and predicted 1st-class degree. Frankly, you will be held up against people you wouldn't be competing with 10 years ago, simply because they lost out on the jobs they would have gotten 10 years ago. Loss of demand does that.

    So if you want to work in hospital I would suggest doing anything in your power to get experience in hospitals, in particular, summer placements. I would also ensure you do well at the degree as, generally speaking, the higher-acheiving students find their way into hospitals.

    Basically, you need to work now so your application can stand out later.
 
 
 
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