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Studying Pharmacy in the UK helped Sherif, from Ontario, Achieve his Dreams

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Read about Sherif’s experiences at Liverpool John Moores University

Name: Sherif Ibrahim
Course: Pharmacy (MPharm), class of 2006
Where in the world: Ontario, Canada
Current job: Pharmacy Manager, McArthur Drugs

In 2002, Sherif decided to embark upon a journey to the UK to aid his dream of becoming a pharmacist.  After searching in his home country of Canada, he encountered a lack of options in his chosen field and branched out to the idea of higher education overseas.

“For many years, I knew I wanted to be a pharmacist. With this in mind, I applied to the University of Toronto here in Canada but there was a waiting list, as it was the only school of pharmacy in Ontario at the time.

I did a lot of research and emailed lots of schools. I started talking to Dr Peter Elliot at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in the UK and I loved how the program was structured compared to the one in Toronto.”

Making the journey to Liverpool expanded Sherif’s circle of friends and opened him up to experiences he would never have encountered had he stayed in his home province.

“I can honestly say I really enjoyed my time at LJMU and those were the best years of my life. I made lifelong friends. I loved the city and I became a Liverpool FC supporter.

I would highly recommend LJMU for the MPharm program as it benefited me greatly in achieving my career goals.”

Since leaving LJMU, Sherif has gone on to become Pharmacy Manager at MacArthur Drugs in Ontario.  In comparison to other professions he could have chosen, he particularly enjoys the interactions he now has with patients in his home town of Fenelon Falls.  Becoming the main point of contact for them when dispensing medication, Sherif is able to follow their patient journey long after diagnosis.  This has been one of the driving forces behind his decision to become a pharmacist and building up this trust and report with his patients is one of the most rewarding aspects of his job.

“After graduating I worked as a hospital pharmacist at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). Now, I am the Pharmacy Manager at MacArthur Drug Store in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.  I felt welcome here from day one…our patients are excellent.”

Studying in the UK is better than ever for graduate job prospects, as the UK government has recently announced a new graduate immigration route which allows students to stay and work in the UK at any skill level for two years after graduation from the summer of 2021. This new opportunity allows students from Canada to build on the networks they will create during university and gain valuable experience working internationally, opening up career opportunities across the world.

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