#31DaysofWomenMakingHistory: Miyako Franklin Interview

Photo  provided by  Miyako Franklin.
Photo provided by Miyako Franklin.

 

Because  Women’s History is everyday, our  first interview of the day is with Miyako Franklin, a candidate for her doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and founder of  Easy Job Apps.

Uncanny Pop: Have you always wanted to be a doctor?

Miyako Franklin: No, in undergrad, I was interested in broadcast journalism. Still, the availability of jobs seemed slim in that field. I decided to go with Health Care Administration. I thought perhaps I would end up doing management over clinics or hospitals.

UP: What drew you toward the pharmacy field?

MF:  Pharmacy is such a flexible field. It allows you to have a solid career but balance family life as well. Work/life balance is key. The health disparities are rather high particularly among minority groups especially diabetes, hypertension, and CVD.

UP: What has been the most rewarding part of being in the health field industry?

MF: Healthcare never stays the same. Things change in our field from day to day. Our society is so technologically advanced, new drugs are being released quite frequently but we also see many being recalled as well. I think that need for improvement and constant growth is a difficult challenge but much respected in our field.

UP: Who are some leaders in the pharmaceutical industry?

MF:  Despite the pharmaceutical industry being worth 1 trillion dollars, society rarely associates the industry with public figures. Our industry is known more by its companies…Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson. The true leaders are behind the counter offering patient counseling and medication therapy management building lasting relationships with patients.

UP: When did you establish Easy Jobs Apps, LLC. and What services does Easy Jobs Apps, LLC.?

MF:  Easy Job Apps was established in November 2014. This company is turning into such an amazing project. We our several services at affordable rate with a fast turnover. Job application assistance, resumes, social media page design and term paper writing. Our services are what most would consider “time-consuming services”. Clients pay for the freedom to sign-up without having to worry about doing these tedious tasks. Still, we deem job application assistance our primary service. The working mom who needs a better schedule, the college graduate in need of their first opportunity, the loyal ten year employee who has been needing a change for quite some time.

image2UP: What is it like to not only be founder of a company but to be a woman that founded a company?

MF: It feels empowering. My hope is that other young women will see what I’m creating and start tapping into their own brains. We all have talents and abilities. Starting a company teaches you a lot about what your strengths and weaknesses are. Our services are time-sensitive in my mind. Our clients could choose others but if you give the best service, it helps build your business.

 

UP: How do you balance school and running Easy Jobs Apps, LLC.?

MF: Usually there’s a cup of coffee and Macbook in tow. It can definitely be a challenge. I try to use my free time to work on business. Multitasking is key. We really can get more things done than we think we can…prioritizing!

UP: What inspired you to establish your company?

MF The desire to break away from the monotony of a 9 to 5 and explore my other talents. Business is writing down your plan on the board and constantly marking out, adding, and subtracting. It’s a challenge but at the end of the day, it’s your own project. That makes it special and more rewarding.

UP: How much does social media influence the way people search for employment?

MF: Social media allows the unheard to be heard. Several employers are using SmartRecruiters to hire employees. It’s allows employers to review your social media pages before hiring. I think this is a great way to get to know your employees prior to hiring. Social media is such a big aspect of our daily lives for the networking purposes alone.

UP: What advice do you have for young girls and women that are interested in entering the medical field and or starting their own business?

MF: You’ll hear me say this several times in our interview. Self starter, self starter, self starter. Also, the concept is simple as “get things done.” Business is so much work! Working on projects with clients, advertising, marketing. Wake up…repeat!In regards to pharmacy school, the level of material is more challenging than undergrad. A lot of our exams are based off real patient cases. Being a critical thinker is so important. It’s much more than memorization. This is someone’s life being placed in our hands. Being accountable is important as well.

UP: Name some characteristics that are essential to entrepreneurship?

Photo provided by Miyako Franklin.
Photo provided by Miyako Franklin.

MF:  First and foremost, an entrepreneur must be a self starter. I believe in the old adage “Hard work beats out talent.”  The entrepreneurs who work the hardest are the most success and effective. There’s a billion people in the world. Everyday is a new day to find ways to reach these people. Everyone could potentially use one of our services…everyone attends school, works and/or both.

UP: What’s an important cause or issue you support and are you involved in philanthropy work? I heavily support work with Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I have a passion for causes relating to kids. I’m a member of the Committee for the Future, an organization of young professionals who raise money for cancer research for kids as well as CARTI.

UP: Has the feminist movement succeeded?  Why or why not?

MF:  In my opinion, the feminist movement still has to gain grounds. I would say this for most movements regarding gender, race or different cultures. Those seeking to fight sexism have gained grounds with this age of social media. Social media has democratized feminist activism, creating a platform for public dialogue, awareness and change. Social media activism will never replace traditional activism but it’s most definitely a start. Social media can elevate the voice of one to millions. Still, a major gap exists with the feminist movement in how to translate the message into action. For example, the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign generated a ton of social media influence but did not convince Boko Haram to release the 200 school girls who were kidnapped. Almost, a year later, those girls are still missing. Since then, Boko has only abducted more women. I know we can’t base the entire movement off one event but this is major enough for us to know that the movement hasn’t fully succeeded just yet.

UP: If you could meet any influential woman, whom would you choose?  What questions would you ask her?

MF:  Beyonce Knowles…she’s spent more weeks at #1 the past decade than any other female artist. I attended one of her concerts and believe she’s the female Michael Jackson or younger version of Tina Turner. I’d want to ask her when does she sleep, how does she balance motherhood being famous, and also if she’s able to do normal activities without being followed or does she disguise herself doing these activities…watching a movie, eating dinner, mall shopping.

UP: This year the theme for Women’s History Month is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” Why is it important to weave our stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history?

MF: In an earlier question, I stated the feminist movement still has to make great strides. It’s obvious that as women we must learn to work and support each other’s work. This generation of upcoming young women is depending on us young entrepreneurs, business owners and scholars to pave the way. The heart of success with any endeavor is collaboration and communication.

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