What got you interested and helped you stay interest in your career.
Thank you for your question. I tend to agree with Jameel's comments and would like to add a few more points for your consideration.
QUALITIES NEEDED FOR A PHARMACIST
• ANALYTICAL SKILLS - - Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. To do this, they must be able to evaluate a patient’s needs and the prescriber’s orders, and have extensive knowledge of the effects and appropriate circumstances for giving out a specific medication.
• COMMUNICATION SKILLS - - Pharmacists frequently offer advice to patients. They might need to explain how to take medicine, for example, and what its side effects are. They also need to offer clear direction to pharmacy technicians and interns.
• COMPUTER SKILLS - - Pharmacists need computer skills in order to use any electronic health record (EHR) systems that their organization has adopted.
• DETAILED ORIENTED - - Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the prescriptions they fill. They must be able to find the information that they need to make decisions about what medications are appropriate for each patient, because improper use of medication can pose serious health risks.
• MANAGERIAL SKILLS - - Pharmacists—particularly those who run a retail pharmacy—must have good managerial skills, including the ability to manage inventory and oversee a staff.
You'll want to make sure that you have a set of transferable skills such as teamwork, time management, etc. I wish you much success on your journey. Best of luck to you!
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I am not a pharmacist, but I'll also say I'm not a veterinarian either (that was my dream job at 16). Not to say that you won't become an amazing pharmacist one day, but I can only tell you what I've learned, and I can say that you'll be heavily influenced by a number of different people and environments these next five years or so. Therefore, stay open to other ideas, interests, and skills you have because there might be another opportunity that comes your way.
But to answer your question more directly, I participated in a number of internships, and all of them helped me understand who I wanted to be when I graduated college. So once I went into the real world workplace, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do long term. And then the more I learned, the more I experienced, and it just really reinforced my interest in my line of work. So now about 6 years later, I'm super happy with the path I chose. Not to say everything is always fine and rosey, there are definitely hard days that I question my profession, but there will always be days like that, no matter where you go. You just have to keep showing up and bringing your best attitude, and doing your best work that you possibly can do.
Hope that helps, good luck!
Whether your going into the pharmaceutical industry or not, you would want to develop a set of transferable skills that will lead to success no mater the industry you decide on pursuing.
Team Work. Work effectively in a group or team to achieve goals.
Leadership. Show initiative and leadership abilities. .
Personal Motivation, Organization and Time Management.
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