The Road Not Taken
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!