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There are many roles that can be played by a CO-OP student. The most important of all getting the drugs, files, and prescriptions organized and neat. Multitasking is also a core skill in this position. Another task as a Pharmacy Assistant is filling prescriptions and counting the pills. Accuracy and speed are also major requirements for this type of career.
In order two have a successful and beneficial environment as a Pharmacist Assistant, it is necessary to maintain a professional picture while working. Professional picture does not only include how you look, but the fact that that you act professional. Being on-time, organized, and ready to work are the most important steps you need to take to present yourself more professional. Being organized and neat, builds a very good impression on your Supervisors mind, which can lead to a promotion or a great reference and also good networking.
The next tip that you should have in mind is practicing. As I mentioned before, accuracy and speed are highly significant when it comes to filling prescriptions. Counting over a thousand pills every day can be frustrating especially when it has to be double counted due to low accuracy. The faster and more accurate you get it makes you a better Pharmacy Assistant.
The main challenge that I face during my Co-op program was managing my time and being organized. Managing time between senior year of high school, part-time job, co-op and after school programs was a tough challenge. In order to manage my time, I had to make my par-time job hours more flexible and take some days off of work to avoid interfering with my co-op placement hours. Also thinking of priorities and whats best for me was very helpful to overcome this challenge.
Overall, co-op is a choice that i absolutely am not going to regret when i look back. Thanks to the kind pharmacy team and the strict supervisor I developed many skills that just made me a better trainee and student. Skills that i learned from the pharmacy placement will always be useful toward my future career. Therefore I suggest co-op program to anyone who is facing challenges in choosing their future path