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It depends on the requirement in your state, assuming you live in the US. For my state, the minimum age requirement was 18 years old. My first pharmacy technician job was during my senior year of high school, about a month after I turned 18. It was an incredibly rewarding work experience and a great way to learn about one aspect of pharmacy/healthcare. I worked as a technician there for about 2 and half years; currently, I am a pharmacy technician at my local hospital.
During pharmacy school, you will have more opportunities for mini-internships at different settings like hospital, community, clinics, industry, marketing, government, etc. But for now, getting a job at a pharmacy can be a great learning experience and seeing what you like in the pharmacy profession.
In my future posts, I will write more about my job as a pharmacy technician in a community/retail pharmacy setting and in a hospital environment. Let me know if you any more questions. I’ll be happy to answer them!
Pharmacy as a career doesn’t have that instantaneous, love-at-first-sight feeling of “this is what I wanted to do since I was 6 years old!”
First of all, most 6 years olds don’t know what pharmacists actually do. They probably only remember pharmacies as places where they can get balloons, candies, toys and snacks. My friend had asked a kid what he thought a pharmacist does, and the kid replied: riding sheep and playing with farm animals! Haha, seems like the “pharm” part is deceiving…
And second, we’re never in TV shows/movies. I can’t name one pharmacist character… yet I can rattle off doctors, secret agents and spies, teachers, sport players, etc.
Third, we need to advocate more and get our profession out there in the community.
I’m starting my first professional year at pharmacy school next semester, which is in less than a month. It should be an exciting, event-filled semester with a dose of stress, collegiate craziness, and new friendships.
Here is what will fill my time during the next couple of months. Times flies when I’m at college, and sometimes I wish I had more time to soak it all in and enjoy.
Student Organizations / Co-curricular Involvement
Things I want to do, but not set in stone yet
I hope I don’t get burnt out from all these commitments, but I also realized I am happiest when I am productive with my time. And anyways, no one ever wished they slept more in college.