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What was your inspiration for taking your position as a pharmacy technician?

I'm a student interested in Pharmacy Tech ?
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Thank you comment icon Hi Silquasha! I’m a little confused by your question. Are you asking Professionals why they chose a career in pharmacy? I want to make sure you get the best advice, so I will help you edit this if so. Thanks for posting your question! Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
Thank you comment icon What inspires your inspiration on taking your role as a Pharmacy Tech? Is that better? Silquasha F.
Thank you comment icon Yes, that helps! Thanks for clarifying! I edited your question so Professionals know you’re specifically looking for input from pharmacy techs 🙂 Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
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Marlissa’s Answer

Silquasha - I hope you are doing well.

The main reason I wanted to become a pharmacy technician many years ago was to help patients. My career has taken my different paths in pharmacy, starting in retail where I helped patients as they walked up to the pharmacy or called the pharmacy needing assistance. Later I moved on to hospital and ambulatory pharmacy, the patient population changed however the purpose was still the same, helping the patient receive the important therapies they needed while hospitalized or upon discharge.

To now in the Healthcare Management space from a pharmacy perspective where the patients are now members, and my number one focus is ensuring the member's experience with their health insurer is positive and that they feel valued.

From my perspective - in the end we are here for the members/patients, we support their needs and make sure they have a voice and are their advocate.
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Anthony’s Answer

Hi Silquasha,

I believe I am in the minority of pharmacists when I say I never actually worked as a pharmacy technician. Before pharmacy school, I volunteered in a pharmacy. I worked as a student intern through pharmacy school, and after pharmacy school, I worked as a graduate intern before becoming a pharmacist. My inspiration to become a pharmacist largely came from my interest in medication due to my health troubles as a child. I merged this interest with my aptitude for chemistry and decided to become a pharmacist.

Currently, I am working as a pharmacy manager at a major retail chain. In my state, it is not required for technicians to be licensed so anyone can become a technician. For this reason, I think the answers I have as to why my technicians took their position may be a little dull. Most of my technicians were front store workers who we transferred to the pharmacy due to my having trouble finding help. However, with this being said, I do know my technicians enjoy their job, and I have an idea why. Many of them enjoy the fast-paced environment of the pharmacy. They enjoy helping patients and believe the career is more rewarding than their previous front store work. My technicians also like being challenged—many views working through insurance claims and dealing with complex prescriptions as a puzzle, which they enjoy.

A pharmacy technician is an excellent job if you enjoy being busy and challenged. Additionally, the position is a generally straightforward way to gain benefits such as health insurance and retirement if this is your priority. Most technicians get into their work either through a necessity for these benefits or prepare themselves to become pharmacists.

Best of luck,
Anthony
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Angie’s Answer

I was inspired to become a pharmacy technician before becoming a nurse because I love helping people. I love to make personal connections with my community and customers. I also love science; I am fascinated by drugs, how they work, why they work, and what makes them do what they do. Knowing the drug classes and what each class does is extremely important. I recommend studying the top 100 drugs to further your knowledge of medications. Knowing those key medications will make your job much easier, and you will become a valuable partner for your pharmacist.
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Michael’s Answer

My inspiration in taking my current position is to make a difference and add value to my organization. I enjoy my job and seeing the outcome of my work helps motivate me daily. For any position, you need to do your research about the job, the company and overall environment to make sure it is the right fit for you.
Thank you comment icon Thank you very much, Mr. S. I have been researching a little, and so far my decision remains the same. I am also considering the other opportunities as I view blog readings/videos and google descriptions. Silquasha F.
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THINH’s Answer

I like drugs and how it work in the body. Being able to make difference in society is a great perk, especially during natural disaster (i.e pandemic)
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Lani’s Answer

One possible example for someone's inspiration that is interested in pharmacy tech is they may have wanted to do something that lends itself to improving peoples health and quality of life. If this is your inspiration, then continue on the path you are on but be open to other positions in the medical field.
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Leandra’s Answer

My biggest inspiration was the learning growth opportunities of the role as well as the value I would add to the function and organization as a whole.
Thank you comment icon Wow, that sounds good. Silquasha F.
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Dinah’s Answer

I always knew I wanted to go to pharmacy school and get my PharmD. I applied to become a pharmacy technician to help me get more experience in the retail part of pharmacy. One of the most rewarding aspects of becoming a pharmacy technician is seeing the impact you have on sick patients that come into your pharmacy to pick up medication or asking for a recommendation. You help put your patients on a track to better health. Another thing that is rewarding is that your able to assist the pharmacist by making sure patients are safe and receiving the correct medication. You have so many opportunities to progress in whatever company you are working for and you get to improve your working skills.
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Jessica’s Answer

Vision! The company that I work for has an amazing vision for changing the health insurance landscape across the nation and joining this team was a no-brainer. I was interested in the challenge to use the skills I had and mold and refine them to be successful in this position.
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