Transition Into Pharma and Pharma-Related Fields

by | Sep 9, 2022 | Career Path, Health and Wellness, Professional Skills

In this webinar, I was joined by three pharmacists, Anna Schemel, David Steinberg, and Lori  Huang, to discuss their journey into Pharma and Pharma-related fields. They share some decisions that helped lead them to their specific career path. They also highlight how coaches helped them gain clarity around the kind of role they wanted to get into and discuss the strategy and system they used to achieve their goals.

 If you want to learn more about how The Happy PharmD can help you make that career transition, click here to book a free assessment with a coach.  

A brief journey of our guests in the pharmacy

Anna graduated from pharmacy school and worked in retail for four years. Currently, she works for a non-profit organization as a substance use disorder recovery specialist. She keeps them up to date on the regulations and best practices.

David started his pharmacy career in a small independent pharmacy in South Florida. From there, he moved to a tech startup. He worked there for two years as a pharmacy director and is now in trade relations focusing on rebates.

Lori started her pharmacy journey in the clinic as a critical care pharmacist before getting into consulting. Then she worked in small biotechs and is now at Pfizer as the Director, Clinical Study Team Lead in rare diseases.

How coaching helped them on their path to transition

Coaching helped Anna get comfortable with sending cold emails and InMails on Linkedin. Through one, she got an audience with a member of the board of pharmacists in her state. Coaching helped her build her confidence, network with the right people, and identify specific roles she would best fit.  

While David was already good with networking, his coach helped him work on his resume to make it more appealing. He also worked with his coach to correctly highlight his transferable skills to fit into the kind of roles he wanted.   

For Lori, networking with people with similar career interests helped her get clarity on what she wanted to do. She explored her medical writing skill while working in clinical practice. With time, everything else fell into place and kept adding up.  


As a pharmacist, there are many available jobs that you can outcompete anyone for because of your medical background. You do not need more education, a residency, or certification. What you need is a coach with a proven track record of helping people transition to help you make the switch into Pharma or other areas based on your personality and strengths.  

At The Happy PharmD, we are willing to help you become a better version of yourself. Click here to book a free call today with a Happy PharmD career advisor and start your journey to transitioning into a career path that suits you.

PS: This offer is available only for pharmacists in the United States and Canada.  

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If you really want to build the career and life that you’ve dreamed of, one where you are helping people and working in a field that you love, you need to do something different than what you’ve been doing.

Through coaching you can re-discover why you became a pharmacist and find your passion again.