I received a note from a PharmD who has been working for only three years. He is already feeling that he made a bad career choice. This is an edited version of some of what he wrote.
I work at a closed-door LTC pharmacy in Utah. There seems to be a high turnover rate at the “Big Boys” when sign on contracts run out.
He spoke of the potential of becoming an owner, the prospects of adding on to the business and having fun.
I can see how a new grad would sign his/her life away for 3 years for a sign-on bonus just to pay down student debt. I have plenty of student debt.
He declared that the owner/s are apathetic about taking business away from places that give terrible, rude and poor service such as Pharmerica.
How can I get motivated again? I love this profession, but find my morale being drained and definitely am not having any fun. Do you have any words of advice for me?
I’ll tell you what I think. You will probably hear from other pharmacists in the Comments.
Owners have run this scam for decades. It is the old:
COME AND WORK YOUR ASS OFF AT MY INDEPENDENT PHARMACY AND YOU CAN BECOME PART OWNER SOME DAY.
I have never met a pharmacist for whom this DREAM ever paid off. Ever. They are using you, man. You have been snookered. It has happened to thousands of us. They probably don’t even want to talk about it. They keep putting you off.
My advice is talk to the “Big Boys”, make them wait and then make a deal. First, however, go to www.thepharmacyalliance.com. Download and print the TPA Sign-on Bonus Agreement and drive a hard bargain. Take the money, pay off some student debt, get all of the benefits that they will give you. Max out the 401k. Make immediate eligibility to the company’s 401k and immediate medical part of the deal. If they say, “We can’t do that.” they are lying to you.
Three years out. That makes you 27 or 28 years old. Patience, man. Patience.
This is YOUR profession, man. You bring your “fun” to the job. They can’t allow you to have fun or not to have fun. That is up to you. I’ll tell you this. I would never work in an environment where I did not have patient contact.
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