You go to NSU, don't you? I graduated from there last year. It absolutely is difficult to find pharmacist positions down here. I finally beat the odds and was offered two full-time positions- one with CVS and the other with Walgreens- nearly 5 months after licensure. I had the luxury of choosing the "lesser of two evils" and you can imagine which of those two employers I chose. Oh, and they were both for positions in the MIA.
Finding a job in your desired location requires perseverance, the ability and willingness to support yourself or have financial assistance from family over a period of months until you find what you want. A lack of patience will deter you from waiting and you will end up moving and not getting the job in the city you want. If it worked out for me in one of the most desirable cities in FL, it can work out for anyone. Unfortunately, as i stated, not everyone has the patience or resources to be waiting around for employment opportunities to arise. Some people are simply not picky either about job location. To each his own...
Yea, I go to NSU in Palm Beach. Glad you finally found a job, congrats! Personally, I feel that I'm fortunate that I've been with Wags since 2005 (5 years as an Assistant Mgr) and my wife is currently an Assistant Store Mgr. I feel that I have a strong leg up come graduation, but of course nothing is guaranteed in life and I fully understand that too. I'll keep my eyes open and options open during rotations, but I'd be completely content and happy with working at Wags if it comes to that...considering this economy and job market.
But I absolutely agree with you, I've heard of many grads this past year from both campuses that have struggled to find jobs. Fortunately I've heard that many found jobs eventually, like yourself, which is great. Personally I'm doing everything I can do secure a position, which includes; working couple days a week, networking with many RXM's, keeping in contact with my District Supervisor and DM, taking on work-related projects and doing community Wag events, doing a rotation with my Supervisor etc, etc.
All in all, it's getting tougher out there and I'm not taking anything for granted that's for sure. All I can do (or any student for the matter) is try to place myself in the best position possible and hope for the best.