UConn PharmD Students: Gaining the Competitive Edge

Thousands of students are in colleges of pharmacy across the United States. These programs incorporate many of the same elements to prepare students for a career as a pharmacist, whether in retail, industry, sales or research. Therefore, distinguishing yourself during your P1-P4 years is critical to give future employers a sense of your uniqueness.

Become Competitive:

  • Join one of the many (18) organizations on the UConn Storrs campus that have a direct relationship to Pharmacy; assert yourself to be a leader – chair a committee, become an officer, run an event.
  • Utilize your time strategically over semester breaks – taking some down time is necessary to rejuvenate. That stated, perhaps you intentionally set aside a few days in your time away from classes to go on an informational interview, job shadow or volunteer, in order to broaden your knowledge and make career connections.
  • Learn a new skill or language.

Stand Out:

  • Attend events where employers and alum are present, to learn and network. Collect business cards and follow-up with people after meeting them.
  • Create a strong LinkedIn profile with a well developed header, photo, and summary.
  • Ask questions/speak up in class/get to know your faculty well for all the right reasons. Be on a first name basis with them, so they think of you when an alum or employer reaches out for a student to be part of a project or has another unique opportunity.

What the Center for Career Development can do to help you to become competitive and stand out:

  • Teach students how to create LinkedIn profiles so they are strong and attention getting;
  • Offers free LinkedIn profile headshots twice a week;
  • Educates students on ways to find people to connect and network with for informational interviews and volunteerism;
  • Conducts Practice Interviews to identify  the areas where you excel, as well as areas to improve;
  • Critiques résumés, CVs, cover letters, and personal statements.

Each day, ask yourself how your actions and decisions are helping you stand out, be competitive, and preparing your for your future career. Then visit the Center for Career Development: career.uconn.edu; Wilbur Cross 202; 860-486-3013.