Pharmacists need to view themselves as entrepreneurs and examine their individual careers as start-up companies.
When pharmacists analyze and categorize their strengths, does entrepreneurship ever make the list?
Entrepreneurs are usually viewed as individuals who take substantial risks to go out and start new companies, but most pharmacists go to work for entities that are already established, such as a community pharmacy or hospital. Such positions are generally considered safe, as they promise a steady paycheck and continued employment. For that reason, entrepreneurship is not commonly listed among a pharmacist’s skill sets.
I recently read The Start-up of You, a book written by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha that starts off with a quote from Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is famous for utilizing microfinancing to help jump-start individual businesses. In his quote, Yunus points out that all human beings were self-employed at the start of human history, but that entrepreneurship was suppressed as civilized societies were formed.
In today’s career landscape, the stability once offered by employers is no longer there. While there are many factors influencing the potential for unemployment, the advance of technology and the use of low-paid employees like pharmacy technicians are the biggest threats to the current pharmacy field. Assuredly, their implementation will shake up the traditional employment needs and model of pharmacy practice.
If you are concerned that these elements are a threat to your career ambitions, then you should ensure you have the skills to prepare for the changing delivery model of health care. As Hoffman and Casnocha write in their book, “If you want to seize the new opportunities and meet the challenges of today’s fractured career landscape, you need to think and act like you’re running a start-up. The conditions in which entrepreneurs start and grow companies are the conditions we all now live in when fashioning a career.”
I believe that pharmacists should view themselves as entrepreneurs throughout their career development. To do so, I suggest incorporating the following 3 recommendations mentioned in the book:
Pharmacists need to view themselves as entrepreneurs and examine their individual careers as start-up companies. Those who do so will be prepared to succeed in the future delivery model of health care and achieve professional satisfaction.
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