USciences Degree Changes Alumna’s Career Path

By Katherine Tancredi

Published on September 26, 2018

Shruti DaniShruti Dani, RPh, MS’11 started working in retail after earning her pharmacy degree, but she soon realized it wasn’t the right fit for her. So, she started looking for a graduate program that would put her in the direction she wanted to take her career. Her search led to University of the Sciences and a master’s in pharmacy administration. 

“It was tough figuring out what I wanted to do after studying for six years already,” Dani explained. “I started looking at MS degrees across the country and University of the Sciences definitely stood out. Not only was it such a prestigious university, but they also offered a wide range of degrees and courses for someone with a science background.” 

While in the program, Dani was able to get an internship at a healthcare communications agency, which launched her into her current career as a vice president brand strategist for a pharmaceutical communications agency. Her science background helps her to do her job more effectively and makes her more competitive overall in the communications industry.

“The companies I have worked for value my education and me,” said Dani. “I also recently won the Employee of the Year at my current company and, trust me, that feels great!”

From her coursework, one of the things she valued the most was the hands-on approach to the curriculum and the value USciences’ placed on experience in the field. After securing a second internship in San Francisco that started at the same time as her fall semester, USciences worked with her to give her credit for her time at her internship, which kept her on track to graduate.

“The degree wasn’t focused on sitting in class and studying the entire time,” Dani explained. “They figured out a way to count practical experience as credits, which enabled me to graduate on time and gain real world experience simultaneously. And that prepped me for a job as soon as I graduated, which was tough in that job market.” 

From her time at USciences, one of the things she remembers most vividly are the professors she met.

“They are such a talented set and always had the doors to their offices open to whatever came up,” Dani said. “The nonacademic staff was terrific too and if it weren’t for them, life outside of schoolwork probably wouldn’t have been the same.”

For prospective students, Dani has some advice.

“If you are partly decided on a degree, check out what kind of courses you will be required to take,” she suggests. “Next, contact those professors and analyze if that course, that degree is right for you. Inquire from each of them, where in the real world would those skill sets be useful. This will give you a good idea of where to apply when you graduate.”

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