Jobs in Demand: Pharmacy Professionals Talk Career Advancement

Three young professionals share tips for entry and success

Natasha Fougere

Age: 27

Profession: Pharmacist

Daily Grind: Natasha Fougere has maintained her connection to her home of Brooklyn, N.Y., throughout her education and career. After graduating from pharmacy school at Long Island University, Fougere completed her residency and now works in the outpatient pharmacy at one of Brooklyn’s top hospitals for trauma and surgery. Fougere doesn’t just dispense medication; She counsels patients, consults with doctors, and reviews patient regimens to ensure quality treatment plans are in place.

An admitted nerd, Natasha has always been interested in the sciences and wanted a career with patient interaction.  Pharmacy was a perfect match.  “I enjoy meeting the many new people that come through the pharmacy’s doors every day.”

The Big Picture: Despite the very long hours on your feet and the sometimes stressful workload, Fougere views pharmacy as a very rewarding career. She remains focused on the treatment of patients through medications that can change their lives. When she does get a break, she enjoys shopping and tries to get rest whenever possible.

Tips for the Trade: Fougere is very adamant about her profession and wants those interested in medical careers to know that “pharmacy is not the easy way out.”  She argues that pharmacy school is “very intense and extremely grueling.”  Like Fougere, if you do the work, research as much as possible, and expose yourself to all the possibilities, you’ll likely find yourself in an enjoyable career.

Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Taylor holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Marist College, and a Master of Divinity Degree from New York Theological Seminary. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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