PIER Mentorship Programme Background

In 2017, PIER ran a six-month pilot mentorship programme to support experienced pharmacists working in patient-facing roles and early industry career pharmacists develop their careers. Twelve pharmacists participated (8 patient-facing and 4 industry based). The pilot was supported by an external career consultant who assisted with the development of a framework for the initiative.

Following the successful pilot in 2017, PIER ran mentorship programmes in 2018 and 2021.  Mentees were matched with experienced industry-based pharmacists (mentors) working in the area of expressed interest of the mentee e.g. Market Access, Medical Affairs, Quality, Regulatory Affairs. Participants also attended a one-day workshop facilitated by the external career coach.

2024 Mentorship Programme

The PIER Committee is organising another mentorship programme for pharmacists (> 3 years qualified in Ireland or abroad) interested in exploring other career options. 

A kick-off workshop for mentees is been organised for Wednesday 29th May 2024 facilitated by Margaret Dorgan (Career Coach) in the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown, Dublin. The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. Attendance at this workshop is recommended.  
Mentees will then be matched with an experienced pharmacist mentor working in area of general interest in the wider industry. The expectation is that there will be monthly engagement (f2f or virtual) between the mentee and assigned mentor over a 6 month period.
Anyone participating in this programme will need to be a current PIER member. 

Call for Mentees

To express your interest in participating in the PIER mentorship programme, please complete this form by Monday 20th May 2024 https://forms.gle/RFbJK73ExoEwhVse7.
Places on this mentorship programme are limited to 20. 
Email education@pier.ie if any specific questions. 

Call for Mentor Volunteers

The PIER Committee are looking to establish a panel of experienced industry-based pharmacist mentors who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have at least 5 years post-qualification experience, currently working in an industry or regulatory agency role.
  • Can commit to supporting a fellow pharmacist looking to make a career change. 
  • The time commitment is envisaged as at least once a month meeting (online or f2f) for a period of 6 months and attendance at an evening briefing webinar in June 2024. 

If interested in participating as a mentor, please email education@pier.ie  before Friday 24 May 2024.

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