Getting to know the team – Sharyn McErlean

After 23 years in pharmacy, a chance opportunity at a new challenge saw Sharyn join the Trainer and Assessor team at the Guild in 2014. We sat down with her to find out what makes her tick.

How did you get started in pharmacy?
Through my mum actually! She enrolled me in a one week PA orientation course in 1990. After gaining my first job I was offered a traineeship- The traineeships was the first one run in Queensland and it was actually facilitated here at the Guild offices! I used to come in one – two days a week to train and then work at the pharmacy the others.










So what made you move into a Trainer and Assessor role?
I wasn’t actively looking for a career change, I just happened to be looking at the job posted for a vacancy at our pharmacy online and stumbled across the opportunity. It was a great new challenge and so great going back to where it all started with the Guild.

Did you have a favourite area of the pharmacy?
Not particularly – customer service is my strong suit so any opportunity I had to assist patients and customers is where I find the most enjoyment.

What qualifications have you gained?
I currently hold a Certificate 3 in Community Pharmacy as well as my Trainer and Assessor qualifications of course. I’ve also had experience working in Hospital Pharmacy and Dispensary.

What is your biggest achievement from your time as a Trainer/Assessor?
This year I’ve been selected to be the facilitator of PATY! I’m so excited to travel Australia and meet the outstanding pharmacy assistant nominees.

Is travel one of the things you enjoy most about your role as Trainer and Assessor?

Absolutely – I love getting out to see the community pharmacies especially in rural parts of the country. It’s so rewarding working with them to achieve their goals.

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to read and cook. I’ve perfected the art of the roast – with everything served and ready to go at the same time – that’s a skill! I also have a pretty fantastic collection of crazy hats, including one for every day in December, Halloween, Melbourne Cup – you name it!

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people’s values.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Time travel!