Exploring Pharmacy: Volunteer Aubrey Goettsch & Pharmacist Mary Gustafson

February 25th, 2011

Editor’s Note:  Many of our volunteers (student AND adult) come to Children’s to gain experience for a future career in health care.  From time to time, we are able to arrange informational interviews between volunteers and Children’s staff members. We truly appreciate staff taking the time to chat with our volunteers, and volunteer Aubrey Goettsch is one example of a volunteer who has benefitted greatly from an interview like this!

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Aubrey writes:  “Children’s Volunteer Services helped me set up an informational interview with pharmacist Mary Gustafson so that I could learn more about a job that I’m really interested in.  I’d been looking forward to this for a while, and it surpassed all of my expectations.  Mary was so friendly, and it was very helpful to find out how she’s gotten to where she is. Mary’s the kind of person who really loves her job, and the interview left me feeling excited to pursue such a rewarding career.

I’ve always felt that a career in pharmacy would be a good fit for me, but I still had many questions about the field.  During our interview, I found out how Mary got to where she is today (where she went to college, her previous jobs, etc).  I also found out what, exactly, a pharmacist’s job entails, and who they work with on a daily basis. Mary also explained the difference between working at a clinical pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy, which is something  that I’ve always wondered about. Overall, I was happy to learn that this job requires personable people, because that’s the kind of job I’m looking for!  Having this interview really helped me realize that this is a career I want to pursue, and I would recommend that any unsure volunteer interview someone in a field that you’re considering. Not only will you learn whether the job is a good fit for you, but you’ll also gain good tips on how to get to that position.”

-Aubrey Goettsch

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