There are many options to consider when deciding upon a school. Many people attend occupational colleges to begin their career as a pharmacy assistant. Selecting one of these institutions is no different from selecting a traditional college. Here are a few of our favorite tips.
Be sure that the school that you choose is accredited and has a good reputation among recruiters. Don’t depend on the school to tell you this, ask some of the hiring managers and Chief Pharmacists of their opinion.
Ultimately, the reason you go to college is to prepare yourself to get a job after you graduate. You’ll need to decide which school will help you do that best. Look for one with a career services center that offers résumé and cover letter critiques and mock interviews, and that posts internship and job opportunities. Many schools host networking events and career fairs, as well. Read the article…
The most important factor in choosing a college is fit.
NPR offers the best advice, recommending that it’s important that the pharmacy assistant school you select is the best fit for your objectives, your lifestyle and your budget.
Choosing a college because your friends are going there or because of where it ranks on a list does not take into account who you are and who you will become. College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won. Finding a good fit requires time and thoughtfulness. Read the article…
Cost is an important factor. An entry level Pharmacy Assistant can make around $25-35k per year. That being the case, be sure not to load up on loans that will take years to pay off. From MoneyCrashers.com:
Unless you already have a large college savings fund, cost is probably an important metric for you. Some prospective students may look at pricier schools, but for others, it’s important to afford college without taking out student loans. Remember to include room and board, along with tuition, when calculating the total costs for attending a school. Read the article…
Online vs Traditional Classroom
There are many online schools, if there isn’t a school near you. This learning experience is gaining traction amongst educators and a recent studied concluded that some online students outperformed classroom students.
Over the 12-year span, the report found 99 studies in which there were quantitative comparisons of online and classroom performance for the same courses. The analysis for the Department of Education found that, on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with the average classroom student scoring in the 50th percentile. That is a modest but statistically meaningful difference. Read the article…
Note that the online vs traditional decision can boil down to your personality and whether you have the motivation to learn remotely.
There are many other factors that go into selecting a school and you should take your time in finding the right one for you.
One more thing, here’s a video on finding a college. While it’s a humorous video, it has some good pointers. Enjoy.