Hello, and welcome to the March edition of Get Involved! With our Annual Conference just weeks away, spring is in the air and we can begin looking forward to summer. Other than taking a well-deserved break and some time away from university, some of you might be looking to build your skillset, and work towards becoming better future pharmacists and people. To give you inspiration, we have some top students writing about how they’ve developed as well-rounded individuals, honed their soft skills, and how you can get involved too.
Saman Kay chose to help others by working with the Pharmacists’ Defence Association, who provide representation and development opportunities to pharmacy students. As the Southern Region Student Coordinator, Saman gained valuable leadership skills. Find out more about his experience in his article. Our Pennine Area Coordinator, Laura Sile, has been dedicated to serving BPSA members through using her soft skills, and gives us an overview of their importance. This month’s Careers in Focus is from Sarah Holliday, a Lead pharmacist in Diabetes Medicines Safety. What skills do you have which could help you follow a similar path?
I hope to see some of you in Cardiff for our Annual Conference. For those of you who can’t make it, there will be a plenty of updates and discussion via Twitter. Have your say in matters and join in with the discussions by following @BPSA and your fellow pharmacy students. You can also follow events through the #BPSA74AC hashtag!
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Develop Your Soft Skills!
“Soft skills” is a term often used by career advisors and employers to describe the kind of essential personal and social skills people need to be able to do most jobs. What could you do to start developing yours? Click here to read more.
The Importance of Leadership
What is the one skill that all employers are looking for in job or pre-reg applications? Leaderboat? Leaderyacht? No, leadership! Click here to read more.
Careers in Focus
Sarah Holliday is a Lead Pharmacist in Diabetes Medicines Safety, a role which calls upon a variety of skills in order to deliver care to patients with complex clinical needs. Click here to read more.
Would you like to write for Get Involved!?
Have you undertaken an exciting summer placement, been involved with a student exchange, or have another interesting story or article idea? Would you like the opportunity to write for 14,500 other pharmacy students? I’m looking for original short articles about life as a pharmacy student; anything you think may be useful or of interest to fellow Get Involved! readers. Email Tom for more information.