I chose the University of Tasmania as I wanted to take advantage of its reputation for high quality learning environments while also being able to enjoy everything Tasmania has to offer.
At the University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates enjoy fantastic job prospects and outcomes with the Good Universities Guide reporting every 2015 UTAS pharmacy graduate having gained employment shortly after finishing their course. Sarah Barwick is now on her own journey to achieving job security and a dynamic career. She feels she has made the right choice in choosing pharmacy and the University of Tasmania.
Originally from Burnie in Tasmania’s northern regions and only 30 minutes’ drive to the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry Terminal, Sarah says she entertained the idea of moving interstate to study at a different university however it was the combination of being able to enjoy her home State while participating in the highly regarded Bachelor of Pharmacy UTAS course which hooked her. “I chose the University of Tasmania as I wanted to take advantage of its reputation for high quality learning environments while also being able to enjoy everything Tasmania has to offer.”
Sometimes the difference between just getting through a subject and really loving the time spent studying the course content is a great lecturing team. Sarah feels her contact hours in this area are definitely well spent.
"The lecturers are driven to provide high quality teaching sessions. They offer a strong student-focussed teaching style while also allowing you to ask them questions outside of lecture times."
Sarah has also benefited from the conversations she has been engaged in regarding post-graduate study and future pharmacy career choices. There’s one particular highlight she remembers fondly on the topic of clinical pharmacy. “It seems like a peculiar highlight, but, for me, a particular lecture stands out. The lecture discussed clinical pharmacy including what it was and how it could be best put into practice. It was at this time that my ability to create an interesting and professionally rewarding career was foregrounded in my mind.”
To Sarah, the word “health” has its roots in holistic thinking. “Health represents a holistic concept, which is unique to each individual. I like to think of good health as achieving the best quality of life possible in a given situation; this is where pharmacy plays a fundamental role. Our work, as part of the healthcare team, allows people to live with conditions, and not ‘for them’. If we can manage health conditions to the best of our ability, we can aid in the maintenance of good patient quality of life.”
I would recommend the University of Tasmania. I feel that by the end of my degree I will be able to gain employment in my area of interest. Additionally, the knowledge I have accumulated will facilitate my active participation in industry growth. Really, what more could you want from a University degree?”