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Careers in Pharmacy

Student training in a Community Pharmacy

The Pharmacy degree at Cardiff will equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to embark on a career as a Pharmacist. Hospitals, community pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry all provide employment opportunities. Graduates of the School have little difficulty in finding a suitable post. Once qualified, some pharmacists find other opportunities to practice in more specialised roles.

Throughout the degree you will be given opportunities to come into contact with different aspects of pharmacy, all intended to broaden your experience and provide you with more information to help you decide which career path you wish to follow upon your graduation:

  • all years are encouraged to gain vacation experience with many companies and hospitals advertising their placements through the School
  • first and second years attend community pharmacies to get a feel for how a pharmacy is run
  • third years have compulsory placements in both community and hospital pharmacy, completing placement manuals during their stay
  • the annual Pre-Reg Fair hosts exhibitors from hospital trusts, community pharmacies, etc, giving students the opportunity to talk face-to-face with employers about vacation and pre-registration placements
  • final years are provided with advice and support towards attaining a pre-registration position
  • the University Careers Service gives lectures offering advice on improving Curriculum Vitaes, interview techniques, completing application forms, etc.

The table below shows the destination of Cardiff student Pharmacists over the last few years.

Year

Total Grads

Community

Hospital

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

UK

of which in Wales

UK

of which in Wales

2005

84

35

24

45

24

2

1

1

0

2006

92

45

30

45

19

0

2

0

0

2007

97

50

31

44

27

1

2

0

0

2008

110

58

22

45

22

0

6

1

0

2009

100

60

30

34

26

0

6

0

0

2010

104

50

19

52

27

0

1

1

0

2011

103

42

19

55

27

2

4

0

0

2012

104

49

25

42

26

1

8

2

2

2013 953725 4523 01210

 

 i    Industry                             

 ii   Overseas                              

 iii  Other*                                

 iv  Not employed      

             

* description of 'other'

2008   Gap year

2010   Hospital/Community split

2012   Gap yr, emigration

2013   Professional sportsperson