Originally Posted by GalwayGrrrrrl
It is possible to work as a locum pharmacist. You are self employed and cover days off for the regular pharmacist. This can be done through word of mouth or
via an agency who take a percentage of your wages. The hours can be erratic and you would be covering weekends and holidays of other pharmacists. It can involve long days and lots of travel, especially if you don’t live in a big city. In hospital pharmacy it is possible to work part time but you would almost always have a second masters degree which you get in your first few years of working full time in a hospital so it’s not part time straight away.
If you don’t like hard work then pharmacy is not for you. The degree and placements are hard work and you need to show commitment to get through it all.
So in relation to what our other dude was saying, "physio vs pharmacy is not easy at all" - in terms of the work I'm currently doing, basic MSK therapy, the same as most every private physio does - I mean it's a day job, it's easy.
It's certainly not hard.
But then perhaps hard is relative.
On the matter of the pharmacy degree itself, 4 year BSc and 1 year Masters - when you say THAT'S hard and requires commitment.... do you mean, forget 9 to 5, you're talking early morning to late night type of deal?
If you're involved in extra-curricular heavily - expect to put that on the back burner during this degree - type of thing?
To be perfectly honest, and by no means trying to pat myself on the back but, I have no issue with the intellectual burden or concept understanding - my issue is time constraints primarily.
Physio, 20 hour per week + course work/placement - I do that in my sleep.
But pharmacy, I know 1st year is similar to that, the rest I'm not sure of however....?