What can I do with a Masters degree in pharmacy ...obtained 4 years ago Watch

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I want to remain anonymous as there are quite a few drug dealers (pharmacists) on TSR and I know some BS about their employment situation IRL so i dont want to compromise my ID as a lot of people i know IRL use TSR.

So i am a registered pharmacist and have been for a while, I got a 2:1 masters froma respectable uni in the UK yet despite that I have had no work come my way despite networking, being registered with multiple employment AND locum agencies, as well as giving my business card and physically turning up to pharmacies in my area in suit and tie to let them know who I am and my availabilyt.

In the last 4 years, excluding my pre-reg, I have only worked for less than 3 months. I cant claim any financial support be it benefits or credits as I have savings and what I get in 1 day of work is more than 2-3 weeks of benefits.

I wouldnt mind moving to another location to find work but the only problem is that I live witha disabled person so have to be relatively close (<30 miles) in case god forbid Iam needed at home. To a lot of people anything more than 2-3 miles seems like a lot but reality is that within 40 miles of me, I cant get anything due to the rampant nepotism prevalent in independent pharmacies and large chains a) only want their own people; b) only want to get you on a relief / zero hour basis and c) have very dodgy agendas and too much politics.

In terms of permanent work / fulltime work, I keep being told I need additional qualifications, yet the universities which ofer said qualifications say I need to be in regular empolyment to do it, which cannot happen as I havent got the qualification. For those which do not have as stringent requirements, I would have to move at least 133 miles from home and for reasons I specified, this would not be an option.

Im in my mid 20s and want to go to medical school but am slightly annoyed as my A levels were naff and sadly a lot of 2018 GEM schools want good A levels, which I do not have so I have to consider whether I should redo them (fyi I struggled getting CCC in A levels, argued with my uni why I should be doing the main course instead of foundation (I argued due to extenuating circumstances, which can no longer be backed up, I was affected) and somehow averaged in the mid 80% region during 1st year at uni (2nd year 70s; 3rd year back to 80s, 4th was lowest and got low 60s, although this was due to freak circumstances re the final year otherwise that would ahve been a first as well).

Additionally I want to develop a few things (health / tech) which I do not want to discuss without a non-disclosure agreement but have been advised to approach NHS accelerators, advanced health science networks and accelerators such as seedcamp and techstars to develop, however I do not have much in the way of savings or income (Since January, I have only had 10 days of work, cant rely on familia and friends for financial support (dont want to ask you guys for crowdfunding tbh until I have a prototype which people can use in betas).

I read somewhere about pharmacists being employed in health journalism and medical writing (both of which would be useful to fund me for the foreseeable future) the financial sector, as well as working for big 4 companies consulting / auditing companies but have no idea how to apply for any of these.

So yh, what should I do?
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I want to remain anonymous as there are quite a few drug dealers (pharmacists) on TSR and I know some BS about their employment situation IRL so i dont want to compromise my ID as a lot of people i know IRL use TSR.

So i am a registered pharmacist and have been for a while, I got a 2:1 masters froma respectable uni in the UK yet despite that I have had no work come my way despite networking, being registered with multiple employment AND locum agencies, as well as giving my business card and physically turning up to pharmacies in my area in suit and tie to let them know who I am and my availabilyt.

In the last 4 years, excluding my pre-reg, I have only worked for less than 3 months. I cant claim any financial support be it benefits or credits as I have savings and what I get in 1 day of work is more than 2-3 weeks of benefits.

I wouldnt mind moving to another location to find work but the only problem is that I live witha disabled person so have to be relatively close (<30 miles) in case god forbid Iam needed at home. To a lot of people anything more than 2-3 miles seems like a lot but reality is that within 40 miles of me, I cant get anything due to the rampant nepotism prevalent in independent pharmacies and large chains a) only want their own people; b) only want to get you on a relief / zero hour basis and c) have very dodgy agendas and too much politics.

In terms of permanent work / fulltime work, I keep being told I need additional qualifications, yet the universities which ofer said qualifications say I need to be in regular empolyment to do it, which cannot happen as I havent got the qualification. For those which do not have as stringent requirements, I would have to move at least 133 miles from home and for reasons I specified, this would not be an option.

Im in my mid 20s and want to go to medical school but am slightly annoyed as my A levels were naff and sadly a lot of 2018 GEM schools want good A levels, which I do not have so I have to consider whether I should redo them (fyi I struggled getting CCC in A levels, argued with my uni why I should be doing the main course instead of foundation (I argued due to extenuating circumstances, which can no longer be backed up, I was affected) and somehow averaged in the mid 80% region during 1st year at uni (2nd year 70s; 3rd year back to 80s, 4th was lowest and got low 60s, although this was due to freak circumstances re the final year otherwise that would ahve been a first as well).

Additionally I want to develop a few things (health / tech) which I do not want to discuss without a non-disclosure agreement but have been advised to approach NHS accelerators, advanced health science networks and accelerators such as seedcamp and techstars to develop, however I do not have much in the way of savings or income (Since January, I have only had 10 days of work, cant rely on familia and friends for financial support (dont want to ask you guys for crowdfunding tbh until I have a prototype which people can use in betas).

I read somewhere about pharmacists being employed in health journalism and medical writing (both of which would be useful to fund me for the foreseeable future) the financial sector, as well as working for big 4 companies consulting / auditing companies but have no idea how to apply for any of these.

So yh, what should I do?
I used to work in finance and I'd either expect somebody like you to come through a graduate training programme (just google to see if your chosen companies run one)or I'd get a CV applying for a job where you're vastly over qualified in a non-related field. In these cases I'd be looking for transferrable skills and reasons why they want this particular role or feel that they're suited for it.

Make a shortlist of companies you can access and then see what kind of programmes/entry requirements they have.
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I have just finished my pharmacy degree and not doing pre reg. Im doing a graduate scheme in consulting. there are many options available if you truly have the will.

The graduate schemes application for big 4 should be opening up around August time (2018 entry). Keep looking at their website and and apply as early as you can. I got an offer from 1 an got the the final interview stage with another so your exp doesnt matter. Just make sure you personally do the application and practice verbal/numerical reasoning for the tests in your spare time.
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You need to ditch the pharmacy and start from the bottom, sounds harsh but that's the way things go sometimes. I'd get applying to retail/admin/warehouse/call centre type jobs ASAP, with some voluntary positions (i.e. charity shops) as back up. Chop chop, the world is your oyster.
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