As I’m writing this post, my internship for my Industrial/Practical Training at Selayang Hospital (I know,again! =D) as training pharmacy student is reaching the last day. I’ve been planning to write the experience because I find it good to write about something that you would want to remember. My internship is only 6 weeks long, yet it felt long enough and has given me (so) many things to learn.

I’m not a passionate student in my class. I’m just there because I have to be there. I’m already there for 3 years. So it’s just me being normal, doing what I have to do. So, it’s a great change of things when I started the internship. The best thing is that I don’t have to studyyy and take exams…though I did my readings on the current tasks in that particular department. But it’s not the same as coming to class at 8 in the morning and sat there until the last class. In between yawns and severe lost of focus, there are other assignments to take home and to toil for. Every week is jam-packed with stuff that we MUST do, in order to continue our studies in the university, to digest as fast as possible because before you know it the final exam is just around the corner. And the cycle repeats for 4 years (3 years in my case), still my ‘adaptive’ mechanism’ to the student life is not developing at par with the amount of responsibility and passion that it demands.

As much as I hate it, I have to admit the significance of good CGPA and GPAs. No matter good you are outside the exam hall, the verdict is still really unpredictable (unlike at school/matriculation exams) when you enter the exam hall with confidence because you had all the time in the world to do everything that you have to do. In university that’s not the way it goes. You are expected to be a lot of person, in one package..It’s a lot, sometimes I lose every interest, every energy that I have left in myself, the driving force, the reason that made me chose this path/course 3 years ago. Sometimes I’m afraid that I might have no reason at all. I’m was a lost 19 year old who didn’t know what to do with her future (I still am sometimes =D).

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So, this internship means a lot to me. Fortunately it slowly brings back the desire to move forward in the course of life as a student…just enough for me to (hopefully) finish the coming new and last (hopefully!!!) semester this September. It’s not the best experience,but it shows me in reality what I might be in the near future, how will I look, how I’m expected to behave,the people who works around me,the environment,and most importantly the FEELING. Ade feel la,haha

I’m one of those people who need to be IN the shoes, to know what’s it like to be in the shoes, you know? (I like to stress this twice.hihi)

This kind of approach is (badmouthing my own university hehehe) rarely used during studies. I understand that in this course,like other similar group course, we can’t be exposed to everything too early because it requires experience, practice, and LICENSE to actually do what we will do in the working world. As an attachment student, I just get to do just a small part of tasks. What I have learnt here is that you have to look for things that you can do (do not try to touch stuff that you can’t because mostly it’s because you don’t have the LICENSE yet) If I don’t look, I would just literally sit there from 8 to 5. Everything is at our own initiative. Some place the people there or supervisor will fully guide us, but in Selayang Hospital self-learning is how you get around. They are very ready to help when you ask, though.

It is important to be approachable, courteous, and pleasant to everyone. This is to enable us to mix into various people that works around us. Every position, every race, female or male. Communication skills (that I lacks, a bit.) To me it affects our survival in the workplace because we can’t possibly work well around people that we don’t know, and worse, like. We can, but not everyone is equipped with skills to handle new or  people.

Another thing is try to be useful, at all cost. Prove to them (if possible,everyone.hihihi) that you can handle it, and people will then naturally comes to you. Because of your demonstrated responsible trait, and because they like to ask you instead of their friends (the other staffs!haha) Try to do tasks with minimal supervision in busy departments such as outpatient dept. But in a job like this, accuracy comes first. Speed is second. Though in outpatient you might need both. To achieve that, you need experience. That’s why I’m not allowed to dispense. =| Government hospitals have QAPs to answer to the state dept. and the ministry. In fact, Selayang Hospital is one of the premier government hospital in the country *bangga* (padahal 6 minggu je)

Umm,anything else?

I think others are basic things, like appearance, discipline, and the willingness to learn. They know we don’t know, and it’s OK to be unable to answer questions. Baru student maaa…though if you are able to, your university where you study will get good names LOL. And it’s OK (even MORE OK) to ask around…even to ask where to go for lunch =p

The working world of a pharmacist is indeed interesting, mostly because it’s a mix of everything. Every core subject that we learn in uni, combined with people skills and leadership, and every other disciplines (pharmacoeconomics,legal stuff,managerial skills) concerning every different dept. that we must attach with during training (and working)..And the wide choices to go to if we plan to do other things than hospital pharmacy.

The idea of being a pharmacist fascinates me again after 3 years of bland studies.

I sighed. And tell myself to start being grateful.

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