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May 22, 2015

Pharmacists: Off-The-Beaten-Career-Paths

Erin Albert  returns to the Pharmacy Podcast Show - with some advice for our #Pharmacy Future Leaders and recent graduates of Pharmacy: 

She writes: 

I get quite a few requests to help coach others about their career paths, particularly pharmacists and STEM professionals. As I traded email with someone this weekend about my career coaching service, I was reminded to go back and recall which books are about career development.  So, I thought it was worth a post to share all these, as I think they are great places to start when shopping for a one-of-a-kind off-the-beaten-career-path. (All these are on the Amazon Author page):

1. The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide – A classic for MDs, PharmDs and PhDs who want to enter the pharma/biotech environment, but love autonomy and science.  There’s the first book-book edition, and the second e-book edition.

2. The Life Science Lawyer - If any healthcare professional comes to me about law school, this is my must-read for them.  I also of course recommend Law School: A Few Short and Plain Statements as well…

3. The New Pharmacist: 46 Doses of Advice – This is more for younger pros in pharmacy, but I do end the book with dual degree/grad school options.  For the uber young, there’s #STEMPrincess.

4. Single. Women. Entrepreneurs. – One of the fastest growing demographics in entrepreneurship, and the only place where women beat men in starting businesses, this is for the 60%+ of women who are now in pharmacy–and other professions.

5. Plan C: The Full-Time Employee and Part-Time Entrepreneur – One of THE smartest options for pharmacists who have the entrepreneurial itch, but don’t want to fight the 65,000 pound gorillas in healthcare (PBMs, Wholesalers, etc.) by starting their own pharmacy.  I’m here to tell you that you can work as a pharmacist for someone else AND have your very own thing on the side part time!  This book is full of people doing just that.

6. Multipationals – I talk about one of the most creative avenues I’ve found thus far for pharmacists in this book.  I even experimented with my own career using the model.  What IS the model?  Guess you’ll have to read the book to figure that out.

There.  For all the pharmacists who keep on asking me, “Is this all there is?” – I offer you these 6+ books.  And while creating custom ANYTHING is hard (including a career) it’s way more rewarding than just treading water, creating nothing, and waiting for everyone else to hand cool stuff to you to do.  (Hint: you could be waiting for a while…)

Purchase the books here: 

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