The only thing I feel when I see this on an application is pity for all that money and time wasted.I have a potential job app from someone who has no work experience but graduated from a tech school. Her preceptors gave decent recommendations. Any one know what is taught in these schools? Does it prepare you for retail?
Tough one. HOWEVER, in the spirit of fairness, she will probably be more useful than I was a technician during my first year of pharmacy school before I got my intern license the summer before second year started. I had zero pharmacy experience when I got into pharmacy school. Never even shadowed a pharmacist. No one takes medications in my family. Thus, before applying to pharmacy school I did not really have a working knowledge of drugs. I admit it. LOL, I did not know what Lisinopril was. Of course, I learned fast but the first couple of weeks most people wanted to smack me. I'm just really nice so they didn't.I have a potential job app from someone who has no work experience but graduated from a tech school. Her preceptors gave decent recommendations. Any one know what is taught in these schools? Does it prepare you for retail?
LOL, I believe you. I was just playing devil's advocate.I interviewed a girl for a tech position that graduated from a tech school - had her certificate with her to prove it - and she showed up wearing an old untucked t-shirt and her hair was clearly not done. She looked like she had just woke up 30 minutes prior and maybe so because this was a morning interview, if that tells you anything.
(Tongue-in-cheek) You realize that if you adjusted the wording a little, you could say the same for all post-license education in pharmacists . Pharmacy residents pay in opportunity costs easily $80-100k, and for what, a certificate on the wall that a pharmacist can easily achieve with paid status after three years worth of work in most typical cases?Paying to go to tech school indicates poor judgment but as other people said at least there theoretically is a baseline of knowledge. Unfortunately you are either hiring noobs or scraping the bottom of the barrel most of the time when it comes to hiring techs for retail. An eventually good tech without prior tech school or retail experience does not need a year to learn everything and does not repeat the same ******* mistakes over and over, and picks things up fast. By "everything" I mean inventory management, knowing the basics of what's covered, entering what is on the shelf, knowing when and how to do TARs (in California), touch typing rather than typing with two fingers, knowing how to calculate x days early for controls, understanding that it's better to get **** done than move like a sloth, etc. But good techs tend to be a little more ambitious and find a way to escape chain retail (like Kaiser or PBM). Non-ambitious techs have no prospects so you settle for average or terminate them for performance eventually (which takes a while because you have to follow the process to make it stick) or compliance reasons.
If they do need a year they aren't worth keeping but again back to the bottom of the barrel
Tech school in a state that doesn't even require any certifications = stupid. The person got scammed and probably isn't very smart. I've met 2 people who went to tech school and both were nice people but also idiots and slow techs that couldn't do anything more than run the register.I have a potential job app from someone who has no work experience but graduated from a tech school. Her preceptors gave decent recommendations. Any one know what is taught in these schools? Does it prepare you for retail?
Nobody will argue that going into pharmacy school now is as bad of an idea as it's ever been but these tech people are paying money and spending time in order to get a job that:Who's the bigger sucker, a tech who paid for tech school or all the P1s paying for pharmacy school now?