I worked in Pharmacy at Shoppers. Essentially my role was a pseudo-pharmacy assistant.
For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, my roles included, counting pills, filling prescriptions, putting away medications, and filing completed prescriptions away. I am still learning how to enter prescriptions.
But as I said before, keep an open mind. In exchange for being in their workplace, they expect you to participate. And more often then not, this means grunt work, since you have few other skills. In the case that you have a good supervisor, or one that has had coop students before, they will most likely have a program in place where they will teach what they think you can grasp.
Personally, I found the work alright, mostly because of the employees there who were doing some of the same things, on top of some of the more advanced things.
Imagine, for instance, being stuffed into a storage room to sort files. The door is shut, and their parting words resound, “I expect this done in two hours”. Think of this in comparison to being asked nicely to help file, while in full view of employees who are making jokes and generally taking your mind off things.
I hope we can all agree that the second scenario is much preferable.
One challenge I faced at my coop placement was realizing the two tips above. Mostly from the way that the cooperative education program was hyped, and because of my own naive, preconceived notions, I believed I was there to learn, in a program tailored to suit me. I knew that I was brilliant, and could only dream of what I was going to get out of the program. I was slightly self-centered at the time.
And I was definitely not expecting grunt work.
As I mentioned before, it was the other employees who quelled my thoughts of “Ugh, this is really boring”. They helped my fit in by telling me what I was currently doing was what they were doing when they previously began. Eventually, I found that I no longer minded the feeling of doing repetitive work, as long as it was among friends.
My overall impression of the pharmacy was a good one. I learned skills that I would most likely have not learned otherwise.
And to this I was told over and over, harshly I felt at the time, that I had no business thinking of these things.
It was useless to learn. If I wanted to learn in this way, to go back to school.
That it didn’t matter.
That I couldn't possibly expect him to discuss medical terminology with a child of little base knowledge.