Remember the burning passion and motivation when you were just a fresh pharmacy graduate? Stepping into the workforce was akin to a brand new chapter in life. Internship must have been a difficult phase for many, but oftentimes, the learning experience and the satisfaction from helping patients would have made it all worthwhile. With more experience at hand a few years down the track, some pharmacists may be finding their work less challenging; instead, it starts to become more of a routine.

Where did all that drive go? Perhaps, it is high time to reignite that passion once again.

1. Be a Preceptor

Remember the mentor who guided you when you were an intern? Most, if not all pharmacists have fond memories of a favourite preceptor whom they can credit some of their career success to.

Inspiring the next generation of pharmacists can be a rewarding journey. For one, precepting is a bi-directional learning process. Through teaching, pharmacists are also consolidating their own knowledge and it pushes them to stay abreast with updates in the profession. Registered pharmacists can supervise either fresh graduates or pharmacy students through programs offered by universities and colleges.

2. Project Management & Skills Development

Gone are the days when pharmacists were just the nameless people behind the counter, checking prescriptions and dispensing medications. The roles of Pharmacists today have evolved, and include a more inclusive role in things starting from vaccination, to home medication review and so forth.

As the profession continues to progress, the opportunities to participate in projects are aplenty as long as you are willing to step out of your comfort zone. Having skill sets beyond the pharmacy field such as IT knowledge and administrative skills can be an added bonus. Find out if your work institutions and the local professional organizations are embarking on new projects or research. Up the challenge and create your own opportunities by initiating projects for your work institutions. At the end of the day, not only will your CV thank you for that, but you would have grown in both professional and personal fronts as well.

3. Give back to the Community

Deep down, most pharmacists would agree that a big part of their job satisfaction comes from the ability to help people. Rather than restricting your profession to just behind the counter, step up and out, and be involved in voluntary work and public outreach events. Lend a helping hand and share your expertise in developing effective health campaigns that help raise public awareness.
If you have the extra time, why not spread some joy and provide support for the less fortunate? Apart from the opportunity to be able to maximize your medical skill set, you also gain intangible benefits of helping the community; it is one of the many ways pharmacists can renew their spirits, broaden their horizons and expand their professional networks.

You may also be carving a name for yourself within the industry.

4. Be an Author

A passion for writing and extensive medical knowledge are the perfect combination for a medical content writer. Pharmacists with a penchant for writing can seek opportunities at their workplace to write medical articles for internal circulation, marketing and/or educational purpose.

Beyond the workplace, pharmacists may also look out for freelance writing opportunities to share their knowledge in publications – be it for the general public or health professionals alike. Apart from honing writing skills, it is a great way for pharmacists to stay updated on medical trends and to earn some additional income.

As Shakti Gawain once said, “When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.” So if you are still feeling demotivated at work, spend some time to find ways to rediscover your passion as a pharmacist; it will be worth it. MIMS