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When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacy technician?
I decided to become a Pharmacy Technician when I realized that I wanted to help people have better lives.
Have you always been interested in healthcare?
I was not always interested in healthcare. When I was in college, I used to be in computer science, but at the time I was going through a depression because my father had passed in 2015. The emotional realization had not caught me until I was in college. After I got help, I realized that computer science was not for me, that’s when I realized that I wanted to go into healthcare to help people.
When did you enroll at NYICD?
I enrolled in NYICD in January 2018. I did it because it was it was what I needed, it allowed me to enroll right away and start my courses that same moment.
What was your coursework like?
My coursework was very interesting, it was a lot of reading and filled with a lot of information, which was very vital to understanding how things work in the pharmacy.
Was your mentor helpful during the process?
My mentor was Mr. Thomas Frisco, and yes, he was very helpful. He helped me with every question I had and explained everything so that I could understand.
How did you like the externship portion of the course?
The externship experience was amazing for me because I got to learn many things and put the things I learned into practice. Because of the externship I was hired at the pharmacy that I trained at.
After graduation, how did you use the course knowledge to help you with a real world career?
After graduation, I use everything I learned in this course at my job as a pharmacy technician in the pharmacy where I did my externship.
Is there anything you learned working in the real world that you wish you could’ve learned at NYICD?
Basically, everything that I have learned at NYICD I can use in the real world, the only thing I wished I could learn is dealing with customers.
Tell us about the work you do- are you enjoying it so far?
I am working at CVS as a pharmacy technician and I help people get their medications. I enjoy working there because the environment I’m in is very pleasant, and I also enjoy helping people maintain their health.
Describe a day in your life at work!
At work I usually work at production- taking the prescriptions and filling the medications so that they are ready for the patients when they need them. I also work at pick up, where I work face to face with patients and help them receive their medications.
What’s the most rewarding part of your career?
The most rewarding thing for me is that I am helping people receive their medication to maintain a healthy life.
If you could give one piece of advice to our current and prospective students, what would it be?
The advice that I would give current and prospective students is that no matter how long or how much information is in this course, nothing beats the feeling of helping someone and knowing that you helped them get the medication and that you had a part to play in them getting or staying healthy.