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What are the chances that I get imployed after completing the course?

I am studying pharmacetical chemistry at the university of zimbabwe , first year student. student college

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Gizem’s Answer

Hi Pardon!

If you are interested in working in the industry (e.g. for a pharmaceutical company), I would recommend looking for internships during the summer and even during the winter break (if allowed). You can try internships in different companies throughout your education to learn more about various areas. Alternatively, you can continue to work with the same company till you graduate. Either way, it will help you gain work experience and meet with professionals in the industry, both of which are important when looking for positions.

Also if there are any career events, symposiums/conferences related to pharmaceutical chemistry, it would be beneficial for you to participate in them as much as you can. These will allow you to follow latest developments in your area as well as help you demonstrate your interest/passion for your future career.

Wishing you all the best!
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Lyndsay’s Answer

I found a great article discussing this topic. Just reading the abstract gives great information on the decline in pharmacist jobs due to falling economy.
https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/dissertations/3251/
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Simeon’s Answer

The hard news about getting a degree is that you are not guaranteed work in the field that you studied for during college. You'll need to develop a networking presence in person and online. You'll want to update your Linkedin profile and connect with fellow students and faculty. Go to events related to your industry and try to meet new people. Getting a job in your industry is often a very involved and prolonged process, so the earlier you can get started, the better.
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Erica’s Answer

Following your first year is a great time to find internships in your industry that can give you exposure and experience for the future. I'd recommend applying to various internships even if you don't believe you necessarily meet all of the qualifications; you'll never know if you don't try! Your university may have resources to connect students with internships, so going through that could streamline the process.
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Marini’s Answer

After your first year, you may be able to find an internship or practicum to gain practical work experience. This experience along with obtaining your degree will open you up to positions within pharmaceutical companies or possibly the FDA. Keep studying, find a mentor and seek internships/practicums. More info about pharmaceutical chemistry can be found at https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/college-to-career/chemistry-careers/medicinal-chemistry.html.
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