Getting UK pharmacy experience
It’s fantastic that one of our mentees now has seven month’s experience of working in a pharmacy in the UK. A pharmacist in Syria, we introduced her to a volunteer, who is also a pharmacist, and by chance they saw an advert for a pharmacy assistant. Although she didn’t have the right experience, she asked if she could volunteer a few hours a week. Seven months later she is talking confidently about community pharmacy work, applying for jobs and doing well in her English mock exams. It just shows how important UK work experience is for so many refugees.
First UK job and staying focused on the future
Impact of volunteering for mentors and mentees
We met one of our volunteer mentors, Gary, for the last time yesterday.We always knew that Gary might leave us and are sad to say goodbye. Gary and his mentee have been together for 3 months and have accomplished a lot. Gary has shared his knowledge of job search and applications and has helped his mentee gain a three month hospital placement, by doing mock interview practice. They’ve spent many hours together practicing conversational English and I’m sure had a few discussions about football. Gary described mentoring as often the ‘highlight of his week’. Thanks so much Gary for your enthusiasm, care and commitment, we wish you the very best for the future.