Working in a job he didn’t enjoy, with no career opportunities, Jonathan knew he had to make a change. Coming to West College Scotland’s Greenock campus to study for an NC in Pharmacy Studies was the shot in the arm his career needed.

“I wasn’t in a job I enjoyed, and it wasn’t going anywhere. I decided I should pursue something more interesting, that would open more doors for me, and I’d always had a keen interest in pharmacy. I found the NC Pharmacy Studies course on the College’s website and it looked really appealing. What was really helpful was how it explained the possible career routes, into community pharmacy work, or in hospitals.”

That was all the encouragement Jonathan needed, and after successfully applying to the course, he dedicated himself 100% to what he says was both a challenging and rewarding subject.

“The course can be challenging if you haven’t a background in science from school or elsewhere. In particular I found Human Physiological Processes and Chemistry difficult, but the lecturers were always there to help, and with their help and my determination I passed!”

“It was hard work, but worth it. What I enjoyed most were the practical lessons, especially the Aseptic practical - we got to visit the Western infirmary in Glasgow and see how an Aseptic Unit works.”

Jonathan’s experience at College was soon delivering benefits, and shortly after starting the course he secured a part-time job in a pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician.

“It was great to see what I was learning about first-hand in a pharmacy. It also meant after graduating I had a job lined up. Since then I’ve moved into the pharmacy department at Leverndale Hospital in Crookston as a (pre-registration) Pharmacy Technician. At the interview I was able to talk about what I learned at College – it was crucial to me getting this job and really progressing my career.”

Suzanne Thompson, Quality Enhancement Lecturer in Science at the College is delighted, but not surprised, with Jonathan’s success.

“Jonathan came to college with a clear commitment to pharmacy, working hard to achieve a nationally recognised qualification and a Silver Crest Award from the British Science Association, even while working part time in a pharmacy.

“His enthusiasm for the profession and determination to succeed has paid off; in hospital pharmacy he will work alongside some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare teams in the region. During the college programme Jonathan achieved recognition for his excellent work ethic and will be an asset to his new employer.”

Jonathan is now on the way to successful and rewarding career. Jonathan’s experience of education before coming to College hadn’t been a good one, and he’d ended up in a job he didn’t like, that was taking him nowhere. However he was determined to do better, and with that determination, and the work of his lecturers, he’s changed things for the better.

“I wasn’t confident in school, and coming to College I was worried the course would be too hard. However the support provided, and the great atmosphere, really put me at ease. I was able to succeed and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Looking back, I never thought I’d be where I am today, and it’s thanks to the College that I am.”

“It was hard work, but worth it. What I enjoyed most were the practical lessons, especially the Aseptic practical - we got to visit the Western infirmary in Glasgow and see how an Aseptic Unit works.”