Career Oriented Education in Pharmacy Education: A Survey

Authors

  • Gayathri V. Patil Department of Pharmaceutics, KLE Society’s College of Pharmacy, JN Medical College, Belgaum—590 010, India

Keywords:

Career, Pharmacy, Orientation, Student, Education

Abstract

A mail survey was conducted to investigate the career orientation in final year B. Pharm. students in Karnataka State during August and September, 2002.  The paper aims to investigate the corresponding opinions of students on

  1. Teaching and learning methodology
  2. Evaluating systems
  3. Seminars and tutorials
  4. Selection for optional subjects
  5. Industrial tours
  6. Future career planning, and
  7. Current education training.
These opinions were evaluated through 15 questions designed as dichotomous, consolidated questions designed on level of measurements.   Thirty-two percent of institutions responded to the study.  Almost all of the students were satisfied with existing classroom teaching methodology as they could freely interact to clear any doubts or questions.  The qualities they expected from their lecturer, in rank-order, are: subject command, clarity in tone and excellent communication skills, commitment to work, pleasing manners and the encouragement and ability to conduct research.  Seventy-one percent felt classroom size affects the learning process.  Forty-one percent felt that a class size of 20-30 is adequate.  Sixty-one percent expressed dissatisfaction with the current evaluation pattern and proposed a method that would take the cognisance of their overall performance.  They also had optimistic views on seminars and tutorials.  Only three students’ (regarding selection for optional subjects) admitting to have made the mistake of selecting subjects not matching their inclinations.  Fifty-nine percent felt that up to five industrial visits are adequate.  Inclination towards career goals are 30% research and development, 16% marketing, 14% clinical pharmacist, 12% manufacturing floor, 10% academics, 9% Quality Control Department, 4% Hospital and Community Pharmacist and, lastly, 2% entrepreneurs.  A large number of students want to work outside India.  In general, students are satisfied with the present coaching programme.  The study concludes by making several suggestions on how institutions can help the students in achieving their career goals.

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Published

04/02/2003

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Research Article