Paul Tasker

Paul Tasker is keeping it in the family after following a career path into pharmacy. His parents run a pharmacy business in his home town of Addingham, near Skipton in Yorkshire, and after studying sciences at A-level, pharmacy came calling for Paul.

After looking around at the courses on offer, I chose Sunderland as the pharmacy qualification has an excellent reputation among employers.

I also visited the university during one of their open days and was impressed by what I saw. The campus looked so modern and the new facilities were really impressive.

The course didn’t let me down. It really gears you up for working in the pharmacy industry, with the right mix of theory and practice.

I quickly got the chance to return to Sunderland when a job came up at Sunderland Royal Hospital. The job is great as it is mainly ward-based so I am constantly out and about meeting people.

I find my job responsible, challenging and varied. Every day I have to interact with other healthcare professionals, especially doctors, and advise them of suggestions regarding medications.

My career has come full circle as we now take visiting students at the hospital from the university. It reminds me of how much of my studies at university I actually put into practice every day at work. The practice in giving presentations at university has proved really useful, as I often have to present to my colleagues in learning sessions.

I really enjoyed my time at university and liked the fact that Sunderland operates a campus style experience. I found it easy to meet people and am still in touch with friends I made there.

I think university life teaches you independence and you definitely mature as a person when you study away from home.”

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