Student placements… what’s the point?

By Holly Hayne – Lead Writer Pharmaceutical Press

Internships, work shadowing or student placements. All necessary of course, but how do you set yourself apart from others in a competitive industry like pharmacy? Lead writer for Pharmaceutical Press, Holly Hayne, answers a few burning questions on what she looks for when filling that ‘student placement’ role.

Can you give us an overview of your role within RPS?

Lead Writer for one of the teams working on BNF content. Our team looks at all the content in the BNF as part of our regular review schedule to make sure it is up to date.

What is the importance of having placements outside of your Pharmacy degree?

To gain experience in a workplace that traditional university placements cannot offer. It is impressive to employers when students have actively sought out work experience beyond those that are mandatory. This indicates motivated students who have taken the initiative to gain additional skills, or further develop existing skills.

What is the number one thing you look for on an application/ CV of a potential intern?

We usually ask students to submit an essay as part of their application. This is an opportunity to really set themselves apart from other applicants. We are looking for people who answer the question well and within the set parameters (e.g. word limit). This tests their written skills, but also their ability to follow instructions.

Can you tell us one piece of advice you’d give to pharmacy students when looking for the right placements for them?

Think of the opportunities that the placement can provide you, and the skills and experience you can gain (e.g. more one-on-one time with supervisors, good exposure to different specialties).

What are the skills/ aspects a student can take from their course into a work place like RPS?

Good communications skills, attention to detail, the ability to work in a team, and enthusiasm – we want people who really want to work for the RPS!

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