Career articles that give pharmacists practical advice on changing jobs, sectors or country of practice again proved popular with online readers of The Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist and Tomorrow’s Pharmacist, according to statistics on careers articles published this year.
The most popular article type were features, which give practical advice or a range of views on a variety of topics relating to careers, education or business. We also publish Q&A articles — which interview pharmacists about their specific role, or an area of expertise related to careers or business — and career profiles — which tell the stories of individuals with remarkable or award-winning careers.
Some articles from our archive also continued to prove valuable to our readers, including articles on relocating to Canada or the US, changing sector from community to hospital, or to industry, qualifying as an independent prescriber, and securing placements or training in the hospital sector.
These are the top ten career articles that were published in 2015:
By far the most popular career feature of 2015 was this practical guide to writing a pharmacy CV, written by pharmacy recruitment specialist Sean Brown. The article gave up-to-date advice on how to write a CV to secure a pharmacy role.
In a similar vein, this article, written by pharmacy career consultant Amy Zydzienowski, aimed to help pharmacists write the perfect cover letter to accompany their CVs.
A previous article on getting started in the pharmaceutical industry, aimed at pre-registration trainees, proved popular in 2014, so this feature provided advice and tips for pharmacists hoping to swap sectors.
This career profile, written by reporter Stephen Robinson, told the inspirational story of entrepreneur Charles Ebubedike, who established the international company Clinova.
This Tomorrow’s Pharmacist article, from Sasa Jankovic, explored the topic of what pharmacists should wear in order to be taken seriously by their colleagues and patients.
Articles about relocation are usually widely read — this one, from Gareth Malson, looked at the lessons that five different pharmacists learnt when living and practising abroad.
The phrase “This’ll look good on my CV” was the inspiration for this article, again from Jankovic, which aimed to give advice on what activities pharmacists could do and skills they could gain to beef up their job applications.
Users of online pharmacy forums often ask what is required to set up an internet pharmacy. Malson investigated the ins and outs in this business feature.
2016 sees a revamped clinical registration assessment for pre-registration trainees, so it is easy to see why this article would be popular with pharmacy students and pre-registration tutors, for whom we also published separate advice.
This article, written by Eamonn McArdle, describes the highs and lows of a variety of hospital pharmacy specialties, including geriatrics, paediatrics and mental health.