You and your career
We are here to help you focus on what you want from your career and how to achieve it and have developed a range of resources that will support you from your first days as a newly qualified pharmacist, and throughout your practice.
We can additionally support you where you are seeking to return to practice following a career break or period of leave, and also if you are changing sectors.
You may be at the stage where you are still exploring what you want from your career and what sector you want to work in. To find out a bit more about pharmacy roles, take a look at our careers in pharmacy section.
Ways to getting a your cracking start to your career is an article from Pharmaceutical Journal (PJ) Careers which provides tips on how to get started.
The PJOnline also has some information about careers in pharmacy and articles by pharmacists working in various settings, including community, hospital, industry, regulatory affairs, care homes, secure environments, the armed forces, public health and journalism, which can help you make your decision.
Finding Work in Pharmacy
The experience of searching for work and applying for jobs can take time and effort, and is not always a simple process, however there are some places you can search for help, and steps you can take to make this easier.
The following websites are regularly updated with pharmacy jobs and provide a starting point for your search:
• PJ Careers
• NHS Careers
• Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (for roles in Industry)
Pharmacist Support also has a useful list of links to numerous pharmacy job vacancy websites including pharmacy organiations, recruitment agencies and general websites.
Many organisations will provide a contact number for enquiries if you are just interested in a position but want to find out more before committing to an application. Contacting them directly is a good way of getting some 'inside' information about the organisation and what your day might be like in the role. It will help you decide whether this job is right for you and provide some reassurance. It’s also an opportunity to ask questions and also let the employer know that you are interested, which will help create a good first impression.
Tips for Employment Success
Once you’ve identified a job that you are interested in, you will need to submit an application. If this is sucessful, the next phase of the recruitment process is most likely to involve an interview of some form.
Making an application
Each organisation/employer has a different recruitment process, which could encompass the submission of an application form, a covering letter and/or CV at the initial stage. If you are shortlisted for the next phase of selection, you may be asked to participate in an interview (telephone and/or face-to-face), presentation, and/or psychometric tests. Some organisations even use in-tray exercises, group exercises, role plays and case-study discussions. It is important to be clear on what the process is so that you are fully prepared. Do give the organisation/employer or recruiter a call if you are unsure and find out what is expected of you – this will help you get organised and enable you to practise appropriately.
The following are useful links to articles from PJOnline and PJ Careers that provide tips on how to build a good CV, writing covering letters and preparing and going for interviews.
Building your CV
Do’s and don’t for developing a CV
Revamp your CV and interview skills to land your next job
Writing a covering letter
Creating an alluring covering letter
Further Careers Support
Other resources that might be of use include:
RPS Professional Support Service
The professional support service are also on hand to assist and signpost you to careers information. Unfortunately we do not have a specialist careers advice service but can help you finding organisations/people who can help you with next steps.
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