I searched for pharmaceutical companies around the area and either called or emailed those companies asking if they offer work placement. The Placements Team helped me with my CV and also provided me with the list of jobs that I can apply too.
My role involves dealing with TPN (total parenteral nutrition) products, getting orders ready, inputting patient and hospital data onto the system, packaging, checking and sealing the final product.
On a typical day I work both in the office and in the lab. My work at the office is to order from hospitals and pharmacy's to get the prescriptions ready for which I input the information onto our data base including patient name, name of the hospital and type of TPN bag ordered. I also check the stability of TPN formulations and help customers track/confirm orders.
In the lab, I weigh PN bags, help with the packaging, watch over the lab and make sure the room is kept as clean as possible.
Nutrition, drug side effects, disinfection, sterilisation and basic maths calculating the ratio the ingredients can be used in a TPN bag.
I will utilise what I've learned about disinfection and sterilisation, and the expiry life of different drugs.
It has shown me how far I could go with my degree. I've learned more about disinfection and sterilisation, and I've been able to revise on how to calculate moles and other calculations.
I look to go further with my degree and go through a NHS Science Training programme and to pursue a career in the NHS or a private pharmacy/hospital.
Do not think of it as a job, go the extra mile to show you're interested to know more about how the company operates and what they do. Never be afraid to ask questions, sacrifice some time to come in early if possible, and make sure the company is based on what you want to do when you graduate.