The Road Not Taken

18th August 2013 5 comments

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth…

– ‘The Road Not Taken’ ; Robert Frost

I studied this poem in Year 11 for the English Area of Study of ‘Journeys’. Of course, that’s not the whole poem but a snippet to convey a current predicament I’m facing.

As required for my degree, I need to do a graduate or intern year with a pharmacy before undertaking my board exams. It’s about the time where most people in my year are seeking out internships and considering that pharmacy is quite saturated at the moment, it without a doubt is proving difficult.

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve been working with a large chain pharmacy ever since my first year – so I’ve been with them almost 4 years now. They only take one intern each year and I accepted the fact that they were going to move me to a different pharmacy, as there’s another 4th year pharmacy student with me. To my surprise and delight however, they’ve decided to take us both on.

A few days however, I received some news that has placed me in a bit of a dilemma. A pharmacist that I did placement with last year offered me to do an internship with their pharmacy.

So I tried breaking down the pros and cons of each place:

My Current Work:

Pros: Familiarity – I know exactly what’s expected of me, I know all the staff very well, Job prospects after internship

Cons: It is a bit further, there is a stigma attached to my pharmacy chain by other pharmacists (I get so fed up with defending it lol)

The Other Pharmacy:

Pros: The pharmacist is a great mentor and we got along really well, a bit closer to home

Cons: I’m not familiar with how the pharmacy is run. Needless to say, while most pharmacies are run the same – I don’t know what would be expected of me as an intern.

ARGHHHH is all I can say!

The Comments

  • Jen
    19th Aug, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Maybe you should try a new scene, just to get a broader idea of the business. Those unknown practices at the new place could give you some otherwise inaccessible knowledge, it being a new establishment and all. When it comes time to get a position after the final testing and stuff, you will be able to draw on two different experiences from your past. Good luck in your decision making!


  • Georgia Kate
    22nd Aug, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I agree with Jen, trying out a new scene will be good experience for later in life. Plus you will no doubt pick it up really quickly anyway, and life is all about a bit of adventure, isn’t it?

    Take care! xx


  • Sue
    25th Aug, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I think the cons of your new job prospect aren’t that bad. I also agree it may be good to try a new environment. But I’m not sure about job prospects after the internship. That may be more important. Maybe the new place will offer you a job after the internship too since you have a great mentor. Ultimately it’s your decision.


  • Alice (shiki)
    30th Aug, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    MISAKI IS BACK! *throws confetti*
    Ahem, anyway… I personally suggest trying out the new pharmacy. If I were you, I’d get scared too because the word new does not associate well with my personality. I’m sorta kinda afraid of changes. Nevertheless, when it comes to internship it’s all about experience yet so yeah, I personally think it’s nicer if you wanna try out the other pharmacist. Then again, I can’t really say much because I have not reached intern year yet.. *sweats* I feel like screaming every time I remember that internship is part of graduating criteria TTvTT i’m helpless haha


  • vic
    9th Sep, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I also suggest trying out the new pharmacy, not because I just dig with the opinion of the majority, but because it will be a new experience. As they would say, “get out of your comfort zone”. Of course, we’ll never know what would happen, but it’s worth the try. Not only that, you get to meet another batch of new people, possibly gain new knowledge about how different pharmacies are run. Another thing is that you’ll be more flexible because there might be another set of new duties you need to do as an intern. Treat the cons as challenges. 🙂


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