Aphasia affects around a quarter of all stroke sufferers, and means they experience problems with speaking or understanding what is said to them, or both. As a result, even the simplest daily tasks, such as shopping or making a phone call, may be difficult or impossible.

Make sure your maths is good. You should focus more efforts on your general math knowledge than any other part of the test, because it is worth the most marks. You’ll need to be able to work out doses, prescriptions and more so search online to find examples of practice questions to help you out. Always show your workings as well, because some questions earn extra marks for this.

Becoming hirable will require a bit of work by you. A university degree is a must-have for anyone planning to be considered seriously by potential employers. Fifty years ago, a high school degree was enough to break into a lot of jobs. Three decades ago, a 4-year college degree was a must-have to get into a high-paying pharmacy technician career. Even a bachelor’s degree is not worth quite as much as it used to. A worker with a full graduate degree is what many new employers are in the market for. A bachelor’s degree has become just a checkbox on prospective employers’ lists. A master’s degree (or higher) is what will really grab their attention.

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about pharmacies in general is that, if there are no people around, it must not be busy. Wrong. From the moment the store opens, until it closes, our computer screens are filled with refills that have been phoned or e-mailed in via the automated system, automatic refills (a service most pharmacies now provide for persons on maintenance medications, and refills that had been previously deferred due to early refill. In addition, people call us constantly for refills, and the fax machine never stops bringing in new prescriptions written by doctors and faxed over. If we didn’t have a single customer all day, we would still fill more than a hundred prescriptions a day.

The check-in was surprisingly fast. As soon as I put away my wallet and car keys, I pulled the key out of the locker and someone called my name to go back into the testing area. The first stop was the proctor area, which is a glass enclosed room with monitors and a central view of all of the testing cubicles. I was given a calculator, some dry erase paper, pens and disposable ear-plugs. The proctor told me clearly to not erase any scratch paper work. She asked if I was ready, then took me to a testing station.

For those of you who may not know this, it is the pharmacy technician certificate who fills your prescription. They take the prescription form(s) from the patient at the intake window, then pull the drug(s) from the shelf. They then process the prescription(s) in the computer, complete with labeling instructions and warnings, and bill the insurance company. Then they count out the tablets, put them in the bottle(s), and put the label(s) on. Then it goes to the pharmacist to be checked for accuracy.

It is not wise to try and win every battle that comes your way. With each challenge, ask yourself will engaging in it make the company more successfully. Every challenge should be relative to some company goal. Reason what is truly at stake and make the proper decision.

A mentor can be anyone you admire and who is successful in his or her station. Amazing things can happen simply by asking for help or support. The goal is to build a relationship that benefits both mentor and apprentice.