Student Begins Work as Trainee at Pharmacy
Aug 06, 2012
Jessica Hurst, a pharmacy technician student at the Columbus Campus, has been hired as a trainee at a Giant Eagle Pharmacy. With a little more than half of her program behind her, she is like many National College students who find a job before graduation. Her responsibilities as a trainee include counting pills, putting away stock, and ringing out customers.
Jessica learned of this position at a career fair that National College hosted. Pharmacy Technician Department Chair Nicole DiSabato introduced her to Jonathan Nguyen, a regional pharmacy recruiter for Giant Eagle. When he learned of the training that Jessica had already received, he was excited about bringing her into one of the store’s pharmacies. Jessica gave him her résumé, and before long she was putting on a white lab coat and heading off to work in this new endeavor.
Prior to enrolling at National College, Jessica had spent her time working in various entry-level jobs, including cashier positions and other retail jobs. Jessica made the choice to come to school because she wanted the chance to provide a better life for herself, and she picked the pharmacy technician degree program because she was impressed with the pharmacies she dealt with when her mother was in a car accident. She really appreciated the things they did for her and her mother and hopes that someday she can do the same for someone else.
She credits the knowledge she has gained from her coursework at National College for helping to give her the jumpstart she needed to make this step toward her new career, adding that the work she does provides a really good supplement to her book learning.
Not only is she acquiring valuable experience in her career field and putting her classroom instruction to work, Jessica is also gaining a new sense of fulfillment in life. “This is the happiest I’ve ever been at a job,” she commented with a bright smile.
This is certainly a significant achievement for her, but Jessica still intends to keep moving forward. Once she completes her associate’s degree, her plans are to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree. This plan takes her down the road toward becoming a pharmacist, and eventually, Jessica wants to get into research and development.
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