How to Find Your First Pharmacist Job

you guys is Paul here again and today

I'm gonna answer a question from one of

the viewers

it's from our a watermelon and he DM me

on Instagram so if you wanna check out

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but here's this question basically he

said hey Paul just wanted to tell you

I've been following your pharmacist

channel on YouTube since I was in high

school and now I'm starting my ap PE

rotations for pharmacy school your

videos have always been informative

helpful and I've shared them to a bunch

of friends and we all appreciate the

content you provide I was wondering if

you can give me some insight about work

after graduation I worked at CVS as a

tech for almost three years but I didn't

feel as though was right path for me I

will I would love to work in a clinical

setting central pharmacy but I don't

think I'd be able to pursue a residency

due to loans that I have accumulated

throughout school my question is what

steps do you think I should take during

or after my rotations to get help to

find a position in a hospital okay so

basically you know to start finding your

job first job out of school and

networking though that's probably the

most important thing that you will ever

learn okay so it's so important to

network I can't stress that enough I

would say that's the number one thing

okay and so you know it's a since you're

already on rotations you know this is

where you really want to start

networking as much as possible and even

so you should have been doing this kind

of during school and I don't know if you

found out that retail or you know

working at CVS was not the thing for you

and during your internship but I would

say you know for those who haven't even

started yet or are looking for

internships you know this is where you

would have wanted to work in a hospital

setting for your internship so that way

you have some knowledge and

in the hospital setting that will allow

you to be a better fit an applicant for

a hospital job later on if you don't

have a residency right it gives you a

little bit of an edge and then of course

most people nowadays do residency's to

get into the hospital setting or

clinical setting I'm not saying that's

required because there's plenty of

people that do it without a residency

it's just a lot harder to get yourself

in the door so that's the first thing

and another thing that I've noticed is

that some students actually don't know

what they want to do you know while

they're in school so they get two

internships they do one in retail and

one in the hospital setting you know it

sounds kind of crazy but yeah they're

doing two internships so that at least

they're networking on both sides and on

their resume they can have some

experience on both ends as well so that

gives you a little bit of an edge so

that's one thing that you could consider

but I mean it's a little late for you

but for other students that are looking

into that area so then for rotations

this is so important to network here and

be on good behavior because you're going

to be leaving your impression on your

preceptors so if you are a bad student

obviously they're not going to recommend

you for any job or they're not going to

reach out to you for potential jobs

right because you did so poorly on your

rotation and you know I can tell you now

that preceptors you know I hear all the

time talking you know about if their

student was bad they will definitely

tell other people that oh yeah that

student was horrible blah blah blah they

were on their phone all day they didn't

listen they're rude they just don't care

etc people talk about you so be very

careful on your

Haitians and be respectful and try your

best so the other thing is to consider

on your rotations you will maybe

encounter where texts or pharmacist may

have you know happy hour after work or

you know they have a birthday party or

barbecues etc you know and they invite

you don't make sure you go because this

is a perfect opportunity to get to you

know network and become friends with

more people and build your network of

course and then another thing that you

could do when you're on your rotations

and we're meeting people is you know

when you're talking to them getting to

know these people you if you ever hear

them have a problem or something that

they need solved and you have the skill

set to do that offer your skills offer

your knowledge because you know they

will see it as a favor from you and then

in return they'll they maybe will

remember you in case that you need a job

or something they can reach out to you

right so an example would be lets say

your preceptor is moving or something

like that you can be like oh what day

are you moving let me help you move I

can offer my my help you know that's

just one simple example of something you

can do to build a stronger relationship

with your preceptor or whoever to

network right and let's say you're good

at photography you're good at

videography someone's getting married

you can just say oh you know I can film

your wedding for free you know I just

like doing it etc or you know you could

offer you know anything that you have

special knowledge in that that other

people don't you know it if you do

something for someone you know generally

it will be good in the end for you as

well later on because

that's how I feel if you give and share

knowledge and and provide basically

value to someone generally you'll get

that in return that's just how things

work you know the so that's one example

of how to build your network during

rotations so the other thing is going to

conferences going to your State

Association pharmacist Association

conferences or meetings board meetings

here you will find a lot of managers and

you will it the more you go to these the

same people will be there and you'll see

the same faces in same people and so

that's where you want to network and

talk to them and they are probably

hiring managers as well so you never

know who you'll meet and who will help

you out in the future so these are great

opportunities to network now going into

of course residency you will a lot of

people want to do residency to get their

foot in the into the hospital or

clinical setting you know and that's

just the way things are going right

people are specializing getting special

knowledge that other pharmacists don't

have so that makes you a little more

unique in finding these positions and so

that's one area that you want to think

about and also there's linked in so you

can go on to LinkedIn and find people

who work at certain hospitals or

wherever you think you want to work and

potentially you can figure out how to

entice them into you know talking with

you or meeting up with you to learn more

about their job and what you can do to

get your foot into the door and you can

message people DM them that's kind of

hard but that's another route to do as

well now let's go back to your scenario

where you don't think you

be doing a residency because of student

loans etc or your life circumstances so

the other option you could do is look

for per diem positions at hospitals in

rural areas or even in you know the very

populated metropolitan areas as well you

never know when Hospital is in need for

a pharmacist and they might be willing

to take on a new grad because of

maternity leave sick leaves you know

people going on just changing jobs and

just job growth right so there are

opportunities in that sense where you

can if you're at the right place at the

right time for your application you can

get in as a per diem pharmacist so I

hope that helps you in your journey and

then also for student loans you know

there's a lot of options out there to

figure out your finances and if you have

government loans I believe if you work

for a nonprofit organization most

hospitals are and there's also kind of

the underserved community that are

considered nonprofits and there is the

public service loan forgiveness and if

you work for them for a baby I believe

like 10 or 12 years or something like

that I don't know all the little details

and rules you can look that up by just

googling it public service loan

forgiveness and that can give you an

option on figuring out how to get some

of your loans forgiven because you were

a public servant for you know a number

of years and and it's also income based

repayment as well so hope that helps you

and you have to can make sure you read

that before you actually try to

refinance your loans into a private loan

because then you are not eligible for

these public service loan forgiveness

programs alright I hope that helped you

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