Imo in 5 years pharmacists will be far from just dispensing medicines in a community, all that stuff is super easy to be automated, it already is being automated so in 5yrs it’s reasonable to think it will all be automated. Pharmacists are more moving towards GP roles, with independent prescribing and vaccines etc, however, i think in a hospital setting it’ll be interesting to see how the role develops, no one knows for sure. I’ve applied for mpharm 2024 entry (transferring from yr2 BioChem) and am more so worried what kind of job will be around in 5 yrs after graduation because I would bet a kidney that there won’t be much demand for community pharmacists.
You should 100% speak to actual working pharmacists (multiple) on weekends/weekdays when you are free, you could just email them and ask if you can come in and ask a few questions, they’d all be more than happy to help and they’ll be able to give direct answers to anything you want to know about going into hospitals or other careers you can get from a pharmacy degree because they’ll know other students who graduated and what they went to do. (Tip is outreach to independent pharmacists, they are in my experience keener to help than those in chains like wells or Lloyds, it can be weird going in and talking to a stranger but you got to do it and it’s something you’ll do when you’re older too)
And also for placements, it depends on the uni / course you go to, i know Swansea have the majority of their placements in a hospital (it’s around the corner from campus). It’s worth saying though, medicine is the best for merge of science and healthcare 100%, if you need it, take a gap year, work a few jobs and get experience and reapply, it’ll 100% be worth it, you really don’t want to make a mistake of the wrong degree, it’s hard to pick your entire life plan when you’re young lol.