The insight was very enjoyable for me. Though I was restricted in what I could do behind the counter, I enjoyed talking to the customers, building up an environment where we were both comfortable. The staff were extremely friendly too which made the insight all the more easier to enjoy.
I felt very valued and needed at my time at the company. They treated me as one of their own and allowed me to do higher tasks. Though I was dependent at first, by the end of the insight, they trusted me to complete tasks alone and I knew I was valued.
The support was initially constant but then became limited but this was a good thing, allowing me to put what I had learnt from the start into practice and applying my knowledge to new situations and new customers. This support was given in a friendly and understanding way -- they were not condescending at all.
Before this, I was unsure of what the future held for me. Now, I am certain that I want to do a pharmocology degree as this insight was just so enjoyable. Even if i don't, the customer skills will be vital for any job I decide to take and the information I received will be important for my further studies.
There seemed to be no real structure to the insight but this was expected given I was working in a fast-paced and high-traffic environment; in essence, there was just not much time for structure to be valid. However, I think that structure would have been more helpful in the job, allowing me to understand it better.
Both the customers and staff were very friendly which made the insight much more easy for me. I got to know the staff very well and the atmosphere was very fun, allowing room for jokes while working hard continuously. Majority of customers also seemed to be involved in this attitude too.
In terms of personal training and development, I think the company put quite a lot into me to help me learn and grow as a person. They really helped to improve my social skills but more importantly, they taught me valuable subject knowledge that perhaps other pharmacies may not have.
The insight helped me to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company alot as it felt like one big family over there with the way we supported one another and the entire company seems to be this way. It also taught me about the high demands they face.
This insight was extremely helpful in understanding company culture as it showed how the employees could have fun but this was through diligence and doing hard work. This is even applicable to the wider medical field; that is to say, the wider medical field has time to find fun in all its hard work.
It was very valuable in helping decide my future career path as it has inspired me to do a pharmacology degree in the future. It made me realise how much hard work I have to put in to get there but also, it showed how this hard work will lead to something I enjoy, hopefully.
I was reimbursed expenses for my travel to the pharmacy.
There were opportunities for meeting employees within the same branch but not wider than this. This was helpful as I got to understand the different personalities that come into play in a medical situation and how specific traits help particularly for the job. Furthermore, it allowed me to feel part of the medical environment.
There were only such events within the branch.
I did not find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside work. Perhaps this is because I was relatively young so it would be inappropriate to meet with the older staff. Furthermore, we did not talk about our wider social life much in the workplace so perhaps this can also be attributed to it.
I would definitely recommend this insight to a friend, particularly one who is interested in working in the medical field in the future. However, if that does not suit your tastes, I do not think it is worth it. Even for entering the broader field of the Sciences, this may be particularly useful.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Customer Service, Medical/Health
12th July 2019