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    Alan Shakir, Intern Pharmacist Chemistworks: Well, as a community pharmacist, I do quite a lot of things. I manage the stock levels. I make sure the patients get the correct counseling. I manage the staff, as well. And I run a few of the professional services.

    Elizabeth Hannah, Market Access Intern MSD Australia, Intern Pharmacist Royal Prince Alfred Hospital: I work at a global pharmaceutical company, and my role entails working with our department to get our medicines listed under PBS so that all Australians can have access to our medicines.

    Eden Simon, Dispensary and Pharmacy Services Category Manager Ventura Health: I work at Ventura Health. We are a multi-branded head office function for a group of over 80 pharmacies, which is primarily based across New South Wales. My role is the dispensary and professional services category manager. So essentially taking care of professional services, as well as anything relating to the dispensary. So pharmaceutical buying as well.

    Sydney Phan, Market Access Intern MSD Australia, Intern Pharmacist Royal Prince Alfred Hospital: I'm currently working at two sites as part of my intern here. The first site is at a multinational pharmaceutical company, and my other job is at a tertiary city hospital as a pharmacy intern.

    Liam Nguyen, Intern Pharmacist Sydney Eye & Sydney Hospital: Hospital pharmacists play a really important role in shared health care decision making in consultation with doctors and other allied health care professionals. So it's a really collaborative environment. We all work really closely together. We all specialize in different things, and it's through applying all these skills together that we really ensure our patients health is paramount.

    Eden Simon: I'm really passionate about working collaboratively with organizations and suppliers to implement professional services in the pharmacy. So for example, we do a range of health promotions. One of those promotions would be asthma checks for asthma week.

    Alan Shakir: I primarily decided to do the Masters of Pharmacy course at UTS because of the clinical placement.

    Elizabeth Hannah: I completed five placements through my degree, and they were all very different and very broad, and I really enjoyed that diversity of experiences and I utilized all those skills to get this job.

    Alan Shakir: The clinical placement at UTS of the Masters of Pharmacy degree has done quite a lot for me, because they gave me the community pharmacy experience, they gave me the hospital experience, and the rural experience.

    Eden Simon: In my position I have to present a lot. I do training sessions for pharmacists quite often, and this is something that UTS really prepared me. We had to present quite a bit in the coursework and really just prepared me and made me feel confident.

    Liam Nguyen: I found that our lecturers at UTS worked directly between us and any changes that were occurring in the profession. They were all industry experts in their field, and so any changes that occur, we're the first to know about them.

    Eden Simon: There's so many options out there for pharmacists and I'm passionate about all those other roles and positions that we can play and how crucial they are.

    Elizabeth Hannah: Because I work for a global pharmaceutical company, we get insights from other regions of the world about their public health issues as well as Australia's, and there are opportunities to travel around the world and work there as well.

    Liam Nguyen: Because I had been so well prepared for the interviews, I actually knew where I was going to be for my internship by around September in my final year. With all the encouragement from the teachers, with all the help from basically everyone, I managed to secure a job early and I was secure way before graduation.

    Eden Simon: I think my main motivation would just be my passion for health care and for helping people.

    Alan Shakir: Anyone that's thinking of doing a pharmacy degree, it's definitely something worth trying.

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