(Closed) Major career change? Advice?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
450 posts
Helper bee

I don’t really know anything about your field, but is it possible you could use your degree to get a different job with different responsibilities?

But personally, I am all on board with going to pharmacy school if that is what you feel strongly about. There is no such thing as too late, IMO. Your job is going to take up 9+ hours of your day, 5 days a week, for the next X decades. Debt sucks, sure. Starting over is scary. You’ll need to make sure you keep a finger on the pulse of your marriage. But in my view, you should be happy with whatever you are dedicating a significant amount of your time to. You can figure out the rest with your husband. 

Post # 4
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

How much is pharmacy school? How much is the differential in pay between a tech and a pharmacist? do you plan to take any time off from your career (for example, for children?) and what does your retirement savings look like?  It’s possible the math might work out for you just going back to being a tech.  

On the other hand, life is short. you might as well enjoy what you are doing! 

Post # 5
7320 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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tayegs :  I think it really it depends on you and what you envision your life to be. Some people love school, and love being a student. Going back for a degree would be no big deal for something like that. Personally? There isn’t enough money to pay me to go back for another degree. I guess the main question would be can you afford it, and are you willing to donate the next 7 years of your life to school?

I’d probably look into other jobs using your current degree, but if you feel passionate about pharmacy by all means do that.

Post # 7
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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tayegs :  In that case, the math is definitely on your side to going back to school.  Have fun!  I’m with 
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starfish0116 :  <– you couldn’t make me go back to school for anything! I hated school. 

Post # 8
171 posts
Blushing bee

I know many pharmacisrs and most are struggling to find permanent full time roles. Many are stuck just filling a day here or there for someones vacation time which leads to driving hours to locations. People estimated a boom in need but no one has retired in the field so it is saturated with people seeking jobs.   

Post # 10
3592 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Is it pharmacy itself that you miss, like you have a passion for that industry, or is it simply an issue of not wanting to sit in an office alone? Because your degree is so broad I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t find a job in business that fits your personality.

Have you been looking for another job? Because I really think you should be. Put a deadline on it, like fall of next year when the new school year starts. If you haven’t found any jobs in business that you are at all interested in then go back to school. 

I get not wanting to waste time, but worst case scenario you will still finish at 33. And is there an option for summer classes? Winter and Maymester classes? That can speed things up by a couple of years easily. 

I don’t think you should give up on your degree just yet. Start a serious job hunt. And if nothing appeals to you, then it is definitely time to go back to school.

Post # 12
6243 posts
Bee Keeper

Pharma companies need people with good business skills. Would you take your MBA and find a cracking job with a big pharma company?  Good money in this field from the two friends I have working in it.  Maybe that would satisfy your job desires?


Post # 14
7892 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It is quite common nowadays for people to enroll in health professional schools after being in a different line of work beforehand. A lot of schools actually appreciate that extra life perspective, and the business experience especially could be beneficial for a budding pharmacist. If you have the passion for it, you will power through. It sounds like you have good family support, and that counts for a lot. 

Are you sure you’d have to do a second bachelor’s degree? Since you already have a bachelor’s degree, you might be able to just take the individual prereq courses to get the ball rolling. You may have even already taken some of them as gen ed for your prior degree. I’d also recommend talking more to the pharmacy schools about some of the admissions and student life logistics. 

Post # 15
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If the job outlook is bleak, I’d seriously start looking for pharma company roles or even business roles in say a hospital to see if you could be easily satisfied with being on the business side of health care before you take out thousands in loans and not get a job after… 

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