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  • Importance of extracurricular activities in pharmacy

    Hello:

    I am planning to attend pharmacy school in the fall.I read that extracurricular activities ( not co-curricular) play an important role in the professional development of a future pharmacist, but I somehow fail to see how such activities that have no direct relationship to the pharmacy degree course help one to develop their professional skills that would help them later in their pharmacy career. What extracurricular activities are beneficial to the pharmacy career?
    Thanks for any helpful comments.

  • #2
    Sports teams; realising how teams work is useful in management.

    Keeps you fit, too.

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    • #3
      Are you from the UK?
      I ask because you are starting "in the fall".

      Wherever, It is a good question, and I hope this answer helps.

      Mostly you want to pick up some leadership, social skills, organisational skills, thinking clearly under pressure and how to handle difficult people.

      These are all good life skills that are completely transferable and are of course beneficial in any social or work setting.
      Those skills alone can get you a better job, promotion, recognition and better job satisfaction.

      Best to learn these in a 'fun' environment rather than a critical clinical one.

      Most higher education establishments have clubs/societies to join and participate in.
      The activities available are probably similar outside of the UK.
      47 BC : Julius Cesar : Veni Vidi Vici : I came, I saw I conquered.
      2018 AD : Modern Man : I shopped, I clicked, I collected.
      How times change.

      If you find you have read something that has upset or offended you an anyway please unread it at once.

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      • #4
        In any job they are useful. However I would caution about societies and sports commitments. Employers are generally a lot more sceptical about them than the person. It is more likely that you can demonstrate them over time in a role than anyone will be impressed.

        They are diffuse too, you may spend most of your 20s trying to pick them up.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mcitr View Post
          In any job they are useful. However I would caution about societies and sports commitments. Employers are generally a lot more sceptical about them than the person. It is more likely that you can demonstrate them over time in a role than anyone will be impressed.

          They are diffuse too, you may spend most of your 20s trying to pick them up.
          A whole posting could be written on the subject of managing commitments in your career.
          The idea is to get a work life balance that ensures that you keep healthy in mind and body and earn a living.
          You might find 'victorian values' to work are rife in pharmacy and you can get sucked into them and they become 'you'.
          Then seeing how things are in other walks of life is amazing.
          47 BC : Julius Cesar : Veni Vidi Vici : I came, I saw I conquered.
          2018 AD : Modern Man : I shopped, I clicked, I collected.
          How times change.

          If you find you have read something that has upset or offended you an anyway please unread it at once.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Pharmanaut View Post
            Are you from the UK?
            I ask because you are starting "in the fall".
            Thank you for your helpful comments. I am currently in the UK, but I am from Canada and have been in the UK since last autumn:-) .

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sarma View Post

              Thank you for your helpful comments. I am currently in the UK, but I am from Canada and have been in the UK since last autumn:-) .
              Welcome - hope you are finding the UK all that you hoped it would be!
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              47 BC : Julius Cesar : Veni Vidi Vici : I came, I saw I conquered.
              2018 AD : Modern Man : I shopped, I clicked, I collected.
              How times change.

              If you find you have read something that has upset or offended you an anyway please unread it at once.

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              • #8
                Anything you enjoy makes you a more rounded person and so a better pharmacist. All the best pharmacists, and other professionals, I know have diverse interests outside pharmacy, be that sport, amateur dramatics, volunteering, music or just socialising with friends.
                Don’t pick a hobby in the hope it will improve your career. Do it because you want to.

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                • #9
                  Join Round Table or Rotary. Meet like minded professionals in other careers and be involved in fund raising too.

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