Hiya! I often get questions asking about what I do for a living. Many people make assumptions based on how I present myself on social media. Therefore, many people come to the conclusion that I am a model or an influencer. They are half correct with this conclusion. I am an international model but I also work in the health industry, more specifically I work in a pharmacy. I am currently a pharmacy technician. As many people may already know, I have an extensive business, fashion, and entertainment background with a sprinkle of sports. So why and how have I been working in pharmacy for the last year and a half? There is a little story behind my decision to expand my experience into the health industry.
Right as the COVID pandemic began I had just started my graduate degree. I was working part time as a waitress at a small, family owned diner to pay my bills while my main focus was my schooling. Unfortunately, because of the COVID pandemic the diner was forced to cut my hours and I was no longer able to pay my bills. So ultimately I had to find a new job. During my job search I noticed the fear and uncertainty brought onto society by the pandemic. Everyone was struggling, people were/are scared to leave their house, and people were being forbidden from seeing their loved ones. People were dying. I was watching and experiencing the global panic unfold. So I decided I wanted to be able to help people during such a difficult time. The industry that needed the most help and had the biggest impact during such trying times was the health industry. I searched for jobs in health, but many jobs required extensive health education and experience that I did not possess. Eventually, my mother suggested I apply for a pharmacy technician position. I did. The application required me to pass various tests that evaluated my skills including (but not limited to) math, empathy, and common sense. I got a call for an interview within the week. They offered me the job right after the interview. I accepted. Over the next couple of weeks I had to complete various online modules, classes and on-the-job training which was covered and paid by my employer. I’ve been working as a pharmacy technician for almost a year and a half now. This is definitely the most difficult, and most emotionally taxing job I have ever had. The job tests me mentally and physically each day. But I have the most amazing bosses and coworkers, and being able to take care of our patients is worth it.
I never thought I would be able to make such an impact on so many people during such difficult times, but because of perseverance, motivation, and support, I am happy I get to help my patients receive the medication they need to create and maintain a better quality of life.