Pharmacy Student at Co-op

Start Date:
South West
Programme Type:
Work Experience
Review Date:
May 2017

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Review Score

7.3 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I did Wednesday afternoons in a Co-Op pharmacy which led to a part time job. I worked as a dispenser, I stocked shelves, disposed of returned medicines and helped keep the shop tidy. I would also serve customers. This led to a part time job in another store, and working during their transition to Well.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I learned customer service. Problem solving. How to use the computer system. I worked towards a buttercups qualification. I leaned the basics of pharmacy law. I learned how to dispense prescriptions and how to safely dispose of medicines.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoyed working with the team, it was interesting to see how everyone's roles fitted together. I wish I had been able to spend more time doing actual pharmacy work rather than just tidying up which was the case sometimes. I was there to learn, not mop the floors.

4. How valued do you feel by Co-op?


Semi valued. They were friendly, and helped me learn a lot, but at times I could feel taken advantage of and on one occasion they requested I worked alone with a pharmacist I had already informed them had made me uncomfortable and had attempted to leave me unable to get home.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It wasn't incredibly structured as it was mostly afternoons up until I got the job. It was organised through my school, and a feedback form was provided.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


I received support from other workers and most of the pharmacists I worked with. Some were better at others at answering my questions. Everyone seemed to work to make sure I could request help if needed.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I felt better support could have been offered, particularly in the case when I expressed concerns about working with a certain member of staff and was then forced to work with them despite my request not to on the basis that 'it would be the last time'.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Work experience was not paid. Working was paid. Travel expenses were not paid, except in the case of working outside of my initial pharmacy.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Yes, there were company events I was invited to attend as well as social gatherings with fellow workers.

9. Would you recommend Co-op to a friend?


9b. Why?

Better experience than others have had with different businesses such as boots. They were friendly and answered questions I had. They were patient with me when I was learning new processes.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Co-op?

It helps to sometimes attend the actual store and let them know. Set up an interview with the pharmacist if local. If going for a larger store, online application is probably better as they tend to be busier.

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