Graduate Success Stories
Studying Pharmacy Technician at Academy New Zealand saw graduate Reuben Jones step into a pharmacy role immediately after completing the course. Reuben graduated with a New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 5) from Academy New Zealand in November of 2012, now has a role as the sole Dispensing Technician at Silverdale Clinic Pharmacy.
Previously a Barista before studying at Academy, Reuben says he wouldn’t have been able to get his role at Silverdale Clinic Pharmacy if it wasn’t for the Pharmacy Technician course or for the assistance Academy New Zealand gave him in obtaining a work placement while he was studying.
“Academy set me up with a work placement at Orewa Care Chemist, which gave me the experience I needed to get a full-time position.”
Not only did the Pharmacy Technician course enable him to get a pharmacy role, he made long-term friends during the course, and enjoyed it immensely.
“I enjoyed every part of studying at Academy New Zealand, especially the tutors, the long-term friends I made, and the easy-to-learn hands-on curriculum. I would recommend the course to others.”
Graduate Kylie Greig loved all aspects of studying for a career as a Pharmacy Technician.
“I really enjoyed the work placement I did because it was hands-on, on-the-job learning. I enjoyed the course content because it covered a good range of subjects that are used day-to-day in the pharmacy, and the tutors were great.”
Kylie completed her course gaining a New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 5), and is now a Pharmacy Technician at Cranwell’s Pharmacy of Remuera. The role was advertised at Academy New Zealand, and Kylie’s tutor encouraged her to apply. Previously working in a supermarket, Kylie says she wouldn’t have been able to get her job if it wasn’t for the Pharmacy Technician course or for the assistance Academy New Zealand gave her in obtaining work.
“There is a good chance of getting a Pharmacy Technician job once graduating. I felt the course prepared me for working in a dispensary and also with selling over-the-counter products.”
She felt the course equipped her well for the workforce, and would happily recommend the course to others thinking about studying to become a Pharmacy Technician.
Kate (Sunghee) Kim | Pharmacy Technician Level 5
What attracted you to study Pharmacy?
I love to help people, and then I could see that I could also live in a beautiful country and work in pharmacy so I was ready to do the study to achieve this. By working in pharmacy, I can provide customer service and give medical advice to people. I’m also really interested about how medicines work in our body to treat or prevent from disease. So, I chose pharmacy for my career.
How has your course helped you?
All tutors are educators as well as being pharmacists at some time, so they could give practical advice and help to me and my classmates, training us to cope and work well in a pharmacy workplace.
Where are you working now? And what is your role?
Currently, I’m working in Unichem Northcote Pharmacy, in Auckland, as a full-time pharmacy technician.
What does your work involve?
As I cover both dispensary and retail parts, I play a role in putting through prescriptions, dispensing medications, explaining how to take the medicines to patients, and making the blister packs for patients in dispensary. On the retail side, I sell over-the-counter products, counselling customers regarding their health queries, receive retail orders, manage stocks, and even take passport photos.
What is the most exciting aspect of your job?
As I am the only Korean speaker in our pharmacy, whenever a Korean visits us I am so happy to help them as a pharmacy technician as well as an interpreter. It makes me feel very proud of how I can help.
Did your course live up to your expectations?
It was an easy-to-follow and well-organised curriculum, great tutors, and a high employment placement rate. So I’m really happy I chose the course.
What were the highlights of your course?
Work placement was the most spectacular and enjoyable part, because I could use theories I learnt in real life, as on-the-job training. I felt well prepared and that gave me confidence.
What is your career goal?
While I am working and getting more experience in my current pharmacy, I want to build my career by getting other certificates, such as Specialist Technician (level 6), or Accuracy checking technician.
What is one life lesson you learnt during your study and work?
Whenever I am not sure, I should ask someone who can help or teach me. Someone can be tutors, pharmacists, classmates, colleagues, or anyone.