A pharmacy expert from Midcounties Co-operative gave Walsall College Science students a taste of what it’s like to work in the diverse and fulfilling world of pharmacy.
Raj Patel, Pharmacist and Community Manager for Midcounties Co-operative, visited the College to deliver an inspiring talk to Level 3 Applied Science students.
The presentation covered the role and responsibilities of a Pharmacist, and the working partnerships a pharmacy has with other organisations to enable it to run effectively.
Students were informed of the skills and qualities needed to work in the profession, from confidence and empathy to being able to communicate effectively.
Raj highlighted the changes that are due to take place in pharmacy, particularly those affected by online activity. The talk also showed students how they can keep up-to-date with the latest changes in the world of science and health care.
To give them an idea of the path they can take into pharmacy, Raj shared his own career journey with the College’s students and the qualifications he was required to work towards to enter the industry.
Raj also showed students the products Midcounties Co-operative offer, and answered student questions on a number of topics, including apprenticeships and university degrees budding pharmacists can undertake to start a career in the sector.
Following the presentation, students took part in a range of practical activities relating to science and health care. The activities were designed to develop students’ teamwork and presentation skills, and to give them an idea of what it is like to study and work in pharmacy.
Activities included dosage calculations, analysing different drugs and an exercise on professional standards ethics, in which the students discussed the ethnical implications to a variety of different scenarios.
Students also worked in teams to work out what they would do in a number of scenarios involving customers at the counter. They were required to list advice they could give to customers with certain symptoms or requesting certain products.
Mark Pemberton, Curriculum Manager for Science, said: “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn from a pharmacy expert and find out about career paths into this very rewarding industry.
As a college, we aim to link education to the world of work, and we ensure that our students are aware of the number of career routes open to them.
Feedback from the masterclass has been overwhelmingly positive, and we aim to run more sessions such as this in future.”
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