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Hi everyone – I hope you all have had a great weekend. For the last three, I have been attending weddings and engagements – OMG! I promise, I will upload some pictures in the next post – or next few. Depends on how my interviewees respond to my emails LOL.
So, today, my interview is with Miss Mary Badmus. Mary is a qualified pharmacist and currently works as a locum. So – if you have any aspiring pharmacists or anyone you think would benefit from this post, please, share, subscribe and comment!
- Hi! Thanks for taking part in this interview. Could you tell us your name and where are you are from originally?
Hi!! My name is Mary Olaife Badmus and I’m originally from Nigeria
- Can you give us a brief overview of what you do currently?
I have a Masters in Pharmacy and currently work as a pharmacist. Originally I applied to study medicine but wasn’t accepted to into university so when I was offered pharmacy as a second choice I decided to take the option. At present, I am a self-employed pharmacist, which is also known as a “locum.” I check prescriptions in a pharmacy; give advice to customers who come into the pharmacy.
- What is a typical day like for you at work and what are the challenging aspects?
Well when I’m working, my days are usually 10hr shifts. 9-7 or 8-5. It can be busy with checking prescriptions and talking to patients and carers and heath professional. Deciding if a patient’s complaint warrants a referral, an option to be bought over the counter or just healthy living advice. I overcome this by just watching a patient’s body language and how they answer my questions. Sometimes I can see a patient is quite ill or if I’m not sure I generally refer them.
- Before you eventually got onto this career path, were you able to gather work experience?
I looked for work experience before I became a registered pharmacist. I’d had various work experiences from the age of 17 but mostly in caring roles and some retail work.
- What were your expectations of your chosen career path and how did they match up to what you do now?
I didn’t have many expectations except maybe studying something new and talking to people. It much more busier than I thought it would be as a registered pharmacist. I always feel like I’m trying to fit 14 hours of work into 10hour days. Luckily as a locum, I don’t have any carry over work from the day before.
- Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
I would have got more experience outside the one the university organised and in different sectors. I would have also asked more questions, researched different sectors and gone to more networking events.
- What is the best way, if there is one, toprepare for your chosen career path?
Ask a lot of questions from those already on the career path and try and get experience in the areas of work that could be available to you when you actually have the career.
- Using a film title, please describe your job.
Breaking Bad ( I wish lol )
- How do you balance your personal life with work?
As I’m self-employed, I pick which days I want to work when I’m offered so it depends on my mood, plans and bank account lol
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read, listen to music, watch criminal minds and socialise with family and friends. I used to go to the gym.
- What was your last holiday destination?
USA – Washington
- What would be (or is…) your favourite holiday destination?
Somewhere warm and where there is good food. I have enjoyed the USA so far and I would like to go to Portugal
- What is your favourite type of car?
An Audi A3
- What is your style?
Usually casual so jeans and a really nice top and either heeled boots, uggs or heels.
- What is your favourite designer or high street brand?
I’m a Topshop fan. I don’t have a favourite designer as long as it looks good I’m wear it.
Thanks Mary, it has been an absolute pleasure!
For all my readers who may have someone who wants to go into Pharmacy or,is taking Pharmacy as an alternative route to their original choice, this is a post for you. Its also proof that it os not that bad!!
As you can see, and as I am sure you have probably researched, (those going into Mpharm) there is a lot of work and responsibility that goes into Pharmacy. It is really not just a case of dispensing medication. You are accountable for what you dispense and making sure you ask your patients the correct questions. Pharmacists also work together with Doctors, as pharmacists know the patient a little bit better.
I really hope this post has been useful – remember to like, share and subscribe!
Till next week! ( Or maybe this week if I’m feeling generous!!)