Hard but worth it

Sep 14, 2021

The last few weeks have been full on. Am I right?


As Sept 30th is looming, I’m sure professional development is on the mind of most pharmacists.  One topic that often comes up when considering professional development,  is about post-graduate courses and whether they really offer the benefit in terms of employability and well…. more money. 

 If you want to get into hospital for example, do you need to have a post-grad in clinical pharmacy? 

Opinions vary, but my conclusion is no. 

There are many successful hospital pharmacists who got into hospital pharmacy without post-grad qualifications. But it goes without saying that in a competitive environment a post-grad can help your application find its way to the top of the pile.


So what should you do?

 First, consider the reason you want to do a post-grad. If it’s just to get a job. Then that may not be reason enough. Years ago I completed a Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition. I genuinely wanted to get into this field and was interested in learning more about it. I loved the course and completing it gave me a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Something that I really needed at the time to stay motivated in my career.   It cost a lot of money though and it didn’t really take me anywhere. But I don’t regret doing the course. 


Next, spend some time looking into different courses. A clinical pharmacy course is not the only one out there. You could consider a public health qualification like this one for example. I’m currently studying a Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education.. I’m learning how to teach effectively in the health profession which is something I truly want to improve on. It is in alignment with my goals of providing education and mentorship for pharmacists.  You should be interested in what you are going to study. If you’re not, you’ll find it very difficult to get through the course.


Consider your time. Studying while working, being a Mum (or a Dad),  and the numerous other commitments pharmacists have these days is hard. I mean, really hard. 

But it is also incredibly rewarding… a welcomed reminder that you do have the skills to succeed in something new.


If you’ve completed (or are completing) a post-grad I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email to [email protected]



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