Student Pharmacists Gain Exposure to Pharmacy Careers at the 2011 Pharmacy Showcase

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The Pharmacy Showcase is held every year on campus to help students discover career paths and establish networks in preparation for their academic and professional success. The US Airforce was one of 20 pharmacy exhibitors present.

By Mikhaela SarmientoNov 16, 2011
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University of the Pacific offers an amazing pharmacy program in which students work hard to pursue their dream. As undergraduates, pre-pharmacy students have the option of choosing an accelerated program that works best for them. After being accepted to pharmacy school, students further their education in what will be soon their career. To show students the various employment opportunities after graduation, the School of Pharmacy held the 2011 Pharmacy Showcase.

On September 26, 2011, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences held the 2011 Pharmacy Showcase in the De Rosa University Center from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. At the event, many companies came to recruit future potential employees, including: Albertsons Sav-on, AmerisourceBergen/Good Neighbor Pharmacy, California Pharmacists Association, CVS Caremark, Kaiser Permanente, Kmart Pharmacy, Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association, Raley's, Rite Aid, Rx Labels of California, Safeway Inc., SaveMart Supermarkets, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Sutter Health, Target, US Airforce, Walgreens and Walmart. With such a wide variety of exhibitors, the Pharmacy Showcase gave the students the opportunity to explore the different career paths they may pursue, as well as network with diverse companies.

The pharmacy students came to the event circulating from exhibitor to exhibitor, getting to know each company. Vittoria Ledsema ‘14, said "It was great to meet the different companies we might work for. There was a lot of variety."

Students were highly encouraged to visit all of the exhibitors, even if they felt they had already an idea of where they wanted to work. This allowed students to meet companies they may be interested in, as well as explore the option of other employers they may not have considered. Kimberly Greene ‘14, said that there was a lot of information from each company and was really glad the chain companies came as well. She further elaborated saying, "I didn't think I would want to work for a chain pharmacy, but after talking to Target, they explained the concepts so well I might want to work for them now."

These pharmacy students may or may not know for sure where they want to work after they graduate, but hopefully the Pharmacy Showcase helped give students a better perspective as to what career path they may want to take after graduation. They may still have a year or two before finishing pharmacy school, but they are one step closer to achieving their dream of becoming a pharmacist.