Student placements offer a world of opportunity
We spoke with Master of Pharmacy student Lydia Ko, who has just returned from an exciting international experience in Germany.
Master of Pharmacy student, Lydia Ko, spent a year working at the Bayer Global headquarters in Berlin where working on a new health app and making lifelong friends was all in a day’s work.
A new language, lifestyle and plenty of learning are all part of the package as a UTS Pharmacy (International) student. The Master of Pharmacy (International) is the only course in Australia that offers a one-year overseas placement as part of its degree.
We spoke with Lydia Ko who has just returned from an exciting international experience in Germany.
“There was no day where it was ever the same. I learnt about the various business functions that Bayer has, and how its different purposes were all interconnected at the end of the day to help patients on a small scale and contribute to healthcare systems on a wider scale. It was also a very eye-opening experience to have the opportunity to develop, manage and launch the Smart Cards on a global scale from start to end.”
As a Pharmacist Communication Intern working on the Bayer Smart Cards project, Lydia worked as part of the marketing team implementing the Smart Cards globally. The Smart Cards is an augmented reality app designed to facilitate healthcare professionals such as pharmacists improve education and communication about disease, therapy and disease management to patients and carers.
“One of the most exciting parts of my time was attending all the international and domestic events. I was able to meet and talk with healthcare professionals from all over the world who all gathered to learn about the latest cardiology knowledge and expertise. I went to congresses and conferences in Glasgow and Munich. I even got to go to Barcelona and experience the local culture and food!”
When you’re embedded in another country and culture, you get to experience pharmacy in a global context. Factors that influence pharmacy practice and healthcare in Australia and internationally are lived and learnt.
I was able to meet and talk with healthcare professionals from all over the world who all gathered to learn about the latest cardiology knowledge and expertise.
Student, Master of Pharmacy
Lydia’s Smart Cards project was a glimpse into the future of pharmacy. Like other students returning from international placements, she’s brought home insights about some of the new directions of pharmacy.
Sharing student experience and knowledge means that you’re often the first to know about international developments in the industry. It also feeds the ongoing development of GSH’s Pharmacy courses, so students are up-to-date with industry advances.
For those interested in the diversity of pharmacy, a placement in a pharmaceutical company can expose you to different specialist areas. It also highlights the importance of soft skills like interpersonal communication and the ability to work in a team and give presentations.
Overseas placements brings the real-world back into the classroom. Working in Canada, Germany or in the United Kingdom, you get to develop leadership skills, experience emerging technologies and work in the industry.
You’ll meet a lot of people through colleagues, conferences and congresses and come home with a network of professional contacts in the industry. You’ll also have an unforgettable life experience.
“I got to travel. I got to meet people from all over the world. I made lifelong friends and I can speak some German now. That was rewarding for me.”