On 12 February, during the “Ēnu diena”, a career education initiative for students, JSC OlainFarm hosted 17 students who showed an in-depth interest about the pharmaceutical sector. Students representing 10 local schools took the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the everyday work of the Manufacturing Department, Technical Department, the Laboratory of finished dosage forms, Chromatography Centre, the Central Laboratory of the Factory, the Commercial Department and Human Resources Management specialists at JSC OlainFarm.
“I am pleased that students have the opportunity to get an in-depth knowledge of the professions they are interested in as part of their education. Thanks to all the colleagues who provided the opportunity for students! I am proud that we are able to inspire the young people in Latvia to link their future to caring for others’ health. Nowadays salary isn’t the only criterion for people seeking a place to work, especially for young people. Work environment and growth opportunities play a big role. Encouraging employee growth in a learning environment is one of the directions of development for JSC OlainFarm” says Jeroen Weites, Chairman of the Board of JSC OlainFarm.
Students in grades 9 – 12 from the Riga State Gymnasium No. 1, Riga State Gymnasium No. 2, Riga State Technical School No. 47, Riga Jugla Secondary School, Olaine Secondary School No. 1, Riga Pardaugava Elementary School, Riga Secondary School No. 63, RTU Olaine College of Technology and Lubana Secondary School observed the daily tasks of JSC OlainFarm experts, students got a chance to take a closer look at what a career in the pharmaceutical industry would entail.
The survey conducted by Junior Achievement Latvia on student future careers shows a significant increase in students’ interest in the medical and healthcare sectors – 17% of the respondents would like to work in healthcare ranking it as one of the TOP3 most popular career choices alongside with social studies, commercial science and jurisprudence (22%) as well as humanities and the arts (17%).