Graduated with biology degree and decided to go into pharmacy. Couldnít get into a phd or masterís research program cuz of low gpa and no research experience. Itís going ok so far, passing my exams and everything, but I feel even if graduate, I wonít get a job with my dry personality and Iíll have a mountain of debt to pay off. Just a black immigrant tryna make something of himself in the US but poor social skills could get in the way 😞
Poor social skills won't be the problem. I have a master degree in pharmacy. I finished my studies the 19th december 2014 and I started to work the following day (not kidding). That's how easy it is to find a job in a public pharmacy.
The most important thing is how many languages you speak (over here at least). Speaking 6 of them, I immediately outshine the others.
Social skills don't really matter. Most people only want to have their medicines and some basic advices. You only need some "small talk" capabilites which you will gain in a few months.
Yet I cannot advice somebody to start to study pharmacy. The job is pretty boring. You will be doing and saying the exactly same stuff everyday. You also have to deal with rude (sometimes even aggressive people) from time to time. Not on a daily basis. But it will happen.
In five years, I could nearly write a book about what I had to deal with.
Salary isn't the most attractive one considering the efforts you will put into this. Other jobs pay way better while asking less efforts.
Finally, I really believe this job is somehow "doomed" to disappear or become less relevant in future.
I live in a very small country and out of 83 pharmacies, one had to close. I actually think it is the first time ever one pharmacy closes over here. With governments constantly trying to force lower prices on meds, the job simply pays less.