AJP chats with Vikki Speirs, Managing Partner of Hope Island Chempro Chemist, Gold Coast, Qld
1. How long have you been in your role?
I have been working here since I first registered as a pharmacist 7 years ago. I started out working Sundays at Hope Island as I already worked full time at another pharmacy, then ended up moving to full time, then eventually became a partner.
2. Why did you decide to go into pharmacy?
To be honest, every other option I put down on my university application were business degrees, but thought I would make pharmacy my number one preference in case I got in. A friend in high school told me they thought it would be a good career and my favourite subjects in high school were maths and science so I thought I may as well give it a try. Obviously I got accepted and I have never looked back!
3. Biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your job?
For me it has been finding the right work-life balance. I love my job and genuinely love going to work every day, but since becoming partner I have definitely struggled at times with being able to switch off at night.
As all health professionals would experience it can also be extremely difficult not to take an emotional day home with you. We see so many people who are experiencing such difficult and emotional times and it can get quite overwhelming. But I love people and trying to make someone’s day even slightly brighter, so wouldn’t have it any other way.
4. What hobbies and activities do you enjoy outside of pharmacy?
I love to travel! I would like to think that the travel I have done has helped make me a more tolerant and empathetic person both professionally and personally. I love learning about different cultures and especially love enjoying different food from all over the world.
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