pre-registration pharmacist at GSK

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Placement (5-9 Months)
Ware Nationwide
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£22,000 - £23,999

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The Role



The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

At the beginning of the placement it was difficult to find my way around the company, but all the people were really nice and helpful despite being busy with their own work.
I got to lead projects, although it was challenging but really helped me to enhance my confidence and significantly helped with picking up other projects later on.


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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

The department I am working in is really busy and the job really does have real and large impacts to the company, which is reassuring. They have daily/weekly verbal recognitions and rewards, as well as, IP student of the month as a form of recognition for people's hard work. And colleagues do treat you as part of the team.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Help is always available upon request and monthly meeting with the line manager. However, most of the time it is independent working, but you always know there is always someone in the background to help if ever required.

There are online training modules available as well as LSOP, and work instruction which are useful. However, they were difficult to be found and I was not even aware about them existing until a couple months into the placement.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Varies time to time. Work load often comes in waves where I had experienced busy periods followed by times where I do not have too much going on.

The positive thing is that your colleagues and manager always ensure the right amount of work is given to you, so they do check on a regular basis during monthly reviews that you are not overloaded with work and not too "free".


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

The project work I got given were really hands- on and were "real" which was good.

I was given the responsibility to lead projects within the first two weeks of the placement, later on I was supporting with projects work of a different team which gave me a flavour into what they do beside my routine job role.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

A lot.. both soft and technical skills through different tasks that were allocated.

Attending development days at other GSK sites definitely helped me to understand better the overall picture of my role and how it contributes to the supply of medicines to patients' hands.

It also consolidated the theoretical knowledge learnt at uni about drug manufacturing by visualising the real processes in person.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Despite the urgent deadlines, the atmosphere is the office tend to be relatively calm and friendly. There is also generally a supportive environment which is always nice, especially when you are on placement and have to ask a lot of questions.

There is always occasions where people bring in food and snacks as treats when there is a personal occasion or when they had returned from holiday.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

There wasn't a fixed structure to what we needed to do during the placement. It really depends on the business need.

We do however get involve in a variety of different tasks and projects so we can get a flavour of different things and work with different people, and the manager always try to accommodate this.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

A lot. Weekly Clinical session taught by colleagues on site to prepare us for the examination at the end of the year.

There were also opportunities to visit R&D and other sites to learn about what they do there, career events as well as other training events as long as they were relevant and reasonable.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

There are many schemes available of which the FLP is the most appealing one for majority of people. However, it is also considered to be very competitive.

There is also an internal referral scheme , requires referral by manager or uni supervisor, so by being a IP with the company it gives you additional opportunities that external people might not be aware or not have access to.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There is an IP ambassador who help to set up events solely for IPs. When I firstly started they also set up a funded competition between IPs, apprentices and graduates which consists of a broad range of sports competitions. There was also a BBQ at the end as well as awards which got given out.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Generally between 550-650.( It will cost more than 600 if you want to find somewhere nicer to live) and most likely have to find through Spareroom as rarely there is any affordable single apartments available in the area.

I was really lucky to had found an nice room sharing with the landlord costing 550 which is nearby the company.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

There are a lot of pubs, bars and restaurants on the high street and it tend to be fairly safe to go out at night, since it is a small town.

One of the biggest disadvantages is that it does not have much chained stores which means you would have to go to nearby towns to do clothes shopping, or use online as an alternative.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There is a bar and a company gym that is 5 minutes walk and there is a go-to pub which most employees go on a Friday night for socials.

Socials were most active at the beginning when we started the placement but starts to slowly drops when everyone becomes busy and weather becomes cold


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