Getting to know the team: Winnie Nguyen

Winnie joined the Guild Training division in 2016 in the role of Training Coordinator. She has eight years of experience in the pharmacy industry, working as both a pharmacy assistant and pharmacist. Winnie is passionate about training and hopes to see the industry work together to overcome challenges. We sat down with Winnie to ask what she hopes to achieve in her role and get to know our Guild Training Coordinator a little better.

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How long have you been working at the Guild?

I started in September last year. It’s been such a great experience to be able to pass along my pharmacy experience and knowledge to our students.

How long have you been in pharmacy?

I’ve been working in the pharmacy industry for over eight years now. I started my career as a pharmacy assistant after graduating high school and planned to follow a career in pharmacy at university. I completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy, and I transitioned into working in the Dispensary which I thoroughly enjoyed. I love working in a fast paced dispensary, where there is a good flow of energy and an enthusiastic team.

I was a practising pharmacist for three years before I moved into this role. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some excellent pharmacies which have given me responsibilities that kept me on my toes.

What qualifications have you gained?

I have a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

What is your biggest professional achievement?

In my role, I have had the opportunity to write editorials article for PostScript magazine, and that has been very rewarding. It’s a privileged to be able to contribute to highly regarded industry magazine.

What is your biggest personal achievement?

I started my own photography business, which I ran successfully for three years. I was working full time and working at weddings on the weekend. It was very challenging but also rewarding to build my business from scratch. I’ve moved my focus away from photographing events and weddings and now it’s more a hobby.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I valuable that I have the opportunity to work with students in the pharmacy industry. It’s rewarding to see them move through the course and gain employment.

What’s something people don’t know about you?

I’m a professional photographer and Salsa and Samba dancer. I have been dancing for six years, and do local performances from time to time.

What inspires you in your role?

Seeing people who are very motivated to learn. I’m lucky enough to work with a lot of inspiring and motivated students.

If you could do an entirely different job what would you do?

I would run an animal shelter, that would be amazing to help rehome and care for animals – or I’d be a professional puppy hugger!