Examining the motivations and future career aspirations of Qatari pharmacy students and alumni: A case study
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IntroductionThe Global Pharmacy Workforce report published by the International Pharmaceutical Federation indicated pharmacy workforce shortages and called forstrengthening workforce planning. The low percentage of Qatari students in the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University could negatively impact the fulfilment of the Qatar National Vision and the United Nations’ Goals. The aim of this research is to examine the motivations of Qatari pharmacy students and alumni to study pharmacy, and to understand their perceptions of the profession and career aspirations. MethodsA qualitative case study research was conducted. Data were collected by focus groups and semi-structured interviews, and were analysed thematically. ResultsResearch findings suggested that increasing the national workforce was the main motive for students to study pharmacy. The participants’ perceptions of the profession varied from pharmacy being a drug sales profession to it being a healthcare profession. Participants’ career aspirations included pursuing graduate studies, working in hospitals, and working in academia. The participants were generally satisfied with studying pharmacy, which encouraged them to recommend the major to others. However, the participants were challenged by the lack of societal recognition of pharmacy and by misperceptions about Qatari students, which motivated them to further demonstrate their competencies. ConclusionsThis study will facilitate the understanding of factors that motivate and demotivate Qatari students from joining the pharmacy major and their career aspirations, which will ultimately enhance the development of recruitment strategies geared towards attracting a larger number of qualified and highly motivated Qataris into the pharmacy profession.
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