Pharmacy horizons: diverse careers, infinite opportunities

This reflects my deep commitment to promoting diversity and portfolio careers within the pharmacy profession. 

With over 11 years of experience in a portfolio career, I have witnessed first-hand the invaluable benefits that diverse career paths bring to our field. Pharmacy is not a monolithic profession; rather, it encompasses a wide range of roles and specialisations, which are vital to the healthcare system. By recognising and promoting these varied career paths, we can attract a broader array of talent, foster innovation, and ultimately strengthen our profession. 

The healthcare landscape has evolved significantly, becoming more collaborative and integrated than ever before. To navigate this new environment effectively, we need pharmacists from varied backgrounds who can lead us forward, make critical healthcare decisions, and improve patient outcomes through collaborative and integrated approach. The plethora of roles that pharmacists can undertake has diversified immensely. In spite of an increasingly diversified range of roles available to pharmacists, it is unfortunate that many early-career pharmacists and pharmacy students remain unaware of the plethora of career pathways that they can undertake. 

If elected to the board, I will advocate for initiatives that encourage pharmacy students and early-career professionals to explore and embrace diverse career opportunities across different sectors. It is essential that we provide the support and resources necessary for them to navigate the myriad of paths available within pharmacy. By showcasing the multitude of opportunities within our field, we can inspire the next generation of pharmacists to find their niche and contribute uniquely, which will ultimately benefit our profession. 

As senior leaders, we must champion our experiences and actively promote the diverse career opportunities within our profession. By doing so, we can make the pharmacy profession more attractive to new entrants, ensuring a steady influx of talented individuals who are well-equipped to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving healthcare environment. 

Our profession’s strength lies in its diversity. As we face evolving challenges and opportunities in healthcare, the ability to draw from a broad range of experiences and perspectives will be more critical than ever. By championing portfolio careers and diverse pathways, we can ensure that the pharmacy profession remains dynamic, resilient, and adaptable. 

I am passionate about the potential that diversity holds for our profession and am committed to promoting these values.  

Maria Nasim 

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, May 2024, Vol 312, No 7985;312(7985)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2024.1.314798

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