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From Pharmacy to Technology - Making the Career Switch

Three years ago I quit my job as a pharmacist and have since gone on to work as a software engineer and technical lead. How did I do it?

First, the backstory: I graduated pharmacy school in 2017, and went to work the only job I could get at CVS. I quickly found myself miserable. I was an overworked cog in an understaffed machine.

Once I realized no amount of money was worth feeling how I did, I quit.

Initially, I was looking for other pharmacy jobs, but with the market being saturated as it was, I realized I was likely to end up right back in the same position, if anywhere at all.

I had been taking some programming tutorials online out of curiosity, and began to consider whether there was any way I could make a career of it. 

I was scared my peers would consider me a fraud. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to pull it off. I worried my mom would think I wasted my education.

I did it anyway. 

Making the career change has been the best decision of my life. I now have a job with flexibility, room-to-grow, better benefits, an actual work-life balance (complete with lunch and bathroom breaks!), and even out-earn my old pharmacist salary.

In this video course I'll show you how I did it, what I would do differently if I had to do it again, and most importantly -- How you can do it too. 

What You'll Get

- A video course covering the entire journey from deciding whether programming is right for you, choosing how to make the transition, getting the first job, and leveling up from there.

- Access to the Pharm-To-Tech Slack community, where you can have your questions answered by others who want to, are, or have made the transition. You don't need to do this alone!

- Access to a live Google Doc full of resources that have helped me and others throughout this journey. This includes books, articles, podcasts, courses, folks to follow on Twitter, links to different job postings, interview prep resources, resume prep resources, newsletters, and more.

- Video interview with John Lee, a pharmacist who went back for a Computer Science degree and now works at Microsoft.

- Video interview with Eric Schramm, a pharmacist who took the Self-Taught path and is now a Software Engineer at CareEvolution.

What This Course Is Not

A course to learn to code - There are countless free and paid resources out there that will do a much better job than I could. I'll help you decide which ones to go with.

A silver bullet - Programming might not be for you, and that's okay. I will help you figure out whether it's something you might actually enjoy as a career or not. Better to find out sooner than later.

A substitute for hard work - You had to work hard to get to wherever you are in your pharmacy career and the tech world is no different. I can help you make the most of your efforts, but making a career change is not easy no matter what.

Questions Answered In This Course

Since making the career switch, I've had many pharmacists who are thinking about making the switch reach out to me with questions. I've kept a running list of them and added some of my own.

- Do Pharmacists make good programmers?
- Will I be able to replace my current income? And if so, what is my timeline?
- I don't know where to start. Do I need to go back to school? Can I study remotely?
- I can't relocate right now. Is this career path still viable for me?
- How will I know when I'm marketable and proficient enough to get hired, even as a junior developer?
 - Will my experience in pharmacy mean anything, or can I utilize it in any way to give myself a leg up in transitioning my career?
- Isn't the market for software engineers as saturated as the market for pharmacists?
- Should I try to teach myself, do a bootcamp, or get a formal CS degree?
- Will employers think I'm a quitter for leaving my profession?

And many more.

Who This Course Is For

Pharmacists, PharmD candidates, Pharmacy Students, Pre-Pharmacy Students, or Pharmacy Technicians who are dissatisfied with the state/future of the profession and are considering making a career change.  

While this course is targeted primarily at pharmacy folks, much of the content is relevant for people transferring from any industry.

Is Tech As Good As It Seems?

Below are three factors alone that I think make it worthwhile to at least consider programming as a career.

1. Projected Job Growth according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

2. #1 Out of all jobs according to US News

3. This emerging jobs report -- Notice a trend?

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  • You can make the career change, I'll show you what worked for me and how to make it work for you.
  • Pharmacy To Technology Video76 mins
  • Interview With Self-taught Pharmacist40 mins
  • Interview with CS Degree Pharmacist45mins
  • Living document with helpful resources4 pages (currently)
  • Access to Slack communityYou don't have to do this alone.


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