In 2017, PIER ran a six month pilot mentorship programme for experienced pharmacists working in patient-facing roles and early industry career pharmacists. Twelve pharmacists participated (8 patient-facing and 4 industry based). The pilot was supported by an external consultant who assisted with the development of a framework for this initiative. Based on the positive feedback and successful outcomes of the pilot, PIER is planning to roll out another programme in 2018.
We are now seeking expressions of interest from mentors and mentees for the follow-on programme focusing on patient-facing pharmacists initially to commence by 1st July 2018.
Mentor Volunteers: Support / Guide
We are looking to establish a panel of experienced industry based pharmacists who fulfill the following criteria:
- Have at least five years experience in a number of industry/regulatory roles with some management experience.
- Can commit to supporting a fellow pharmacist make the transition into an industry role. The time commitment is envisaged as one face-to-face meeting/t-con initially and one monthly meeting/call for a period of six months.
Mentees: Professional Growth
We are seeking expressions of interest from patient-facing pharmacists only who are looking to make the initial transition into an industry role. A limited number of mentee spaces will be available which will be allocated based on the number of suitable mentors that come forward. The criteria for involvement include:
- Minimum 3 years qualified.
- Based in Ireland.
- Be committed to making the transition into an industry role.
- Be willing to work positively with an assigned mentor.
Expressions of Interest:
We are asking both interested mentors and mentees to contact PIER to express interest in the 2018 programme by Monday 11th June 2018 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mentors: Please outline your industry and management experience to-date.
Mentees: Outline your experience to-date, the area of industry of interest and a few lines outlining why you are interested in a career in industry.
Early Career Pharmacists
Once the patient facing pharmacists programme is up and running, the PIER committee considering rolling out a separate programme for early career pharmacists (i.e. someone with at least 2 years industry experience) to comments by Sept/Oct 2018. If interested in acting as a mentor or mentee on this programme, please email email@example.com also.